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on 8 June 2017
Bought this for a friend and he was very pleased with it. It was in very good condition and a bargain at the price paid. He hasn't read it yet so can't comment on the book itself.
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on 22 August 2017
As described
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on 22 May 2005
'The Oxford History of England' first made its appearance in the 1930's. Myres' "The English Settlements" was published in 1986 to update the scholarship and provide a new approach to the post-Roman occupation. While other volumes in the series (Peter Salway's "Roman Britain" and Sir Frank Stenton's "Anglo-Saxon England") overlap Myres' focus, his contribution serves to emphasise the political hiatus and cultural caesura of the dark days after the Romans left. Power was thrown into the balance and there would be a battle to dominate the island.
Compared to other volumes in the series, this is a slim work, but its subject is possibly the most crucial era in the history of the British Isles. Myres looks at the invasion, settlement, assimilation, and triumph of the peoples who would stamp their identity on the southern half of the island and supplant the Romans and their civilisation.
The invaders came by ship to exploit the vacuum left by the Romans. Jutes, Angles, Frisians, Saxons arrived in increasing numbers, sailing their light craft up the rivers into the heartland of the country.
Myres looks at the evidence for their arrival, tries to uncover patterns and processes - he looks at the literary sources, archaeology, place-names. He dissects the background of the invaders. Why did they come? Why did they stay?
Invasion was opportunistic, piecemeal, was never co-ordinated or planned. The changing nature of the island was an incremental process, with newcomers arriving and deciding to stay.
It's a very scholarly piece, not as accessible as some of the other volumes in the series. This is hardly a book to be read; it is rather a book to be consulted. And, of course, it is beginning to age. There have been archaeological advances since its publication, but it remains a sound piece of scholarly research which still serves as a worthy source book and reference guide for the student of the period.
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on 24 May 1999
This book overlaps the period covered in the earlier volume "Roman Britain" by Peter Salway. It covers the dark centuries between the end of Roman rule in Britain and the emergence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
As you would expect for this period, much of the book is speculative but the supporting archaeology and documentary evidence is clearly explained. However, Myers does seem a somewhat opinionated and fails to support some of his theories with adequate evidence.
This does not, however, detract from a highly enjoyable read which I can recommend as an excellent introduction to the period.
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on 13 October 2014
A tour de force
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on 17 June 2015
Makes you think.
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on 14 January 2012
This is a farcical price for a piece of work that is going out of date by the day. Many publications in this series are 10x thicker and 20x cheaper. This is an important series and should not be priced out of existence, IMHO. Iam 52 yrs of age and started reading these at the age og 15yrs and am still consulting them. What I wanted was a kindle version but we are to be ripped off as the vinyl, cassette, 8 track, cd, remastered cd, extended cd, dvd, bought the concert ticket, t-shirt - and now they want MORE. So my Kindle will have to go without.
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