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The Origins and Early History of the English

Bryan Evans

During the late 4th and early 5th centuries the Roman Empire came under increasing attacks from Germanic and other tribes. In order to strengthen their core defences Rome moved armies away from places like Britain, finally abandoning it and its citizens in 410.

With the Romans gone, Britons had to provide for their own defence and in doing so followed the Roman example by employing Germanic mercenaries. This opened the door to Anglo-Saxon migration and settlements. As the hold of the local British leadership slackened, forceful Anglo-Saxon leaders were well-placed to take over post-Roman tribal kingdoms as ‘going concerns’.

In the next phase of the settlement, Anglo-Saxon groups pressed inland, using the Wash and Humber river systems and Roman roads. The settlement of Britain by Angles, Saxons and others was neither quick nor without resistance - it varied from place to place and time to time. A British fight-back – led perhaps by an Arthur-figure – gave a stunning British victory at Badon Hill. Only a generation later the Angles and Saxons were on the move once more, against Britons weakened by their own infighting and, perhaps, by plague. Yet it was only in the 630s that the conquest became irreversible.

The telling of this tale focuses on the human story, on footloose adventurers, on formidable warlords, on twists of fate, on truth and treachery, on desperate last stands and daring, foolhardy raids.

25 maps help the reader get to grips with the twists and turns of the plot.

£12.95    212 pages  Approx. 170 x 244mm - 6¾  x 9½ inches

The Life and Times of Hengest 

Bryan Evans

Here is the tale of Hengest set against the end of Roman rule in Britain and the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon conquest.

The book begins with an overview of the wider European stage. Then, events in Britain are looked at through the words of Gildas, Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and Historia Brittonum. What information can be gleaned from them and how reliable are they? What impact have modern genetic studies had on our understanding of the age of migration? The main arguments concerning the extent of Anglo-Saxon migration are conveniently summarised.

Part two provides a cultural setting for Hengest and includes information about warcraft and beliefs. An account of early English poetry outlines of some of the tales that formed part of the matter of the poet: the tales of Offa of Angeln, Heoden and Hild, Welund, Waldere.

Part three includes the Finnsburg Fragment, the Anglo-Saxon poem that tells of Hengest. Using clues from this and other sources the author has wrought two 'Anglo-Saxon' poems, telling the tale of Hengest.

Includes 7 maps and 10 drawings by the author.

£12.95    280 pages  Approx. 170 x 244mm - 6¾  x 9½ inches

The Origins of the Anglo-Saxons

Donald Henson

Did the Anglo-Saxon migration consist of the movement of a few hundred warriors who seized power and ruled over an indigenous population? Or was it a very mixed series of large and small migrations over a long period which differed greatly in nature from time-to-time and place-to-place?

Donald Henson has brought together a wide range of information and arguments concerning the Anglo-Saxon migration to Britain. His purpose is to examine evidence from many different disciplines and provide a base from which a balanced and credible view of the period

£14.95   269 pages

The English Elite in 1066
Gone but not forgotten

Donald Henson

The people listed in this book formed the top levels of the English ruling elite in 1066. It includes all those who held office between the death of Eadward III (January 1066) and the abdication of Eadgar II (December 1066). There are 455 individuals in the main entries and these have been divided according to their office or position: the royal family, earls, bishops, abbots and abbesses, the greater thanes (with lands over £40 and officials in the King’s household), sheriffs, royal chaplains, moneyers, foreigners settled in England and Englishmen in exile. For many of these individuals, we have only the barest outline of their existence, but for some we can provide some detail.

The following information, where available, has been listed for each person:

• What is known of their life;
• Their landed wealth;
• The early sources in which information about the individual can be found;
• Modern references that give details about his or her life.
A series of appendices provide detailed information about particular topics or groups of people.

17 Tables
10 Family Trees

£14·95   272 pages

A Guide to Late Anglo-Saxon England
Anglo-Saxon History

Donald Henson

Contents include: The Origins of England; Physical Geography; Human Geography; English Society; Government and Politics; The Church; Language and Literature; Personal Names; Effects of the Norman Conquest. All of the kings from Alfred to Eadgar II are dealt with separately and there is a chronicle of events for each of their reigns. There are also maps, royal family trees and extensive appendices.

This book has been prepared with the aim of providing school teachers, undergraduates and general readers with both an overview of the period and a wealth of background information. Facts and figures are presented in an easy to find way that make this a useful reference handbook.
6 maps & 3 family trees



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