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Uneven text in need of rich illustrations
on 28 June 2017
3 Stars because, while the book does what it sets out to do, and makes the best of limited available information (it's not called the Dark Ages for nothing) it is nonetheless somewhat uneven and unengaging. There are long descriptions of graves and gravegoods, of hoards and treasures, of churches and farmsteds but there are no illustrations or site plans to support the text. Sometimes the detail seems excessive, presumably making the most of what is otherwise a dearth of information, while the simultaneous lack of visual information leaves the reader deeply uninformed.
If the editors of the series are planning an update to this edition, please include detailed illustrations of archaeological sites, plans of churches and villages/towns and above all, plates showing the referenced artifacts from the Sutton Hoo treasure to the humblest Ipswich-ware pot.