Hardcover book with dust jacket is the history of ancient warrior kings in Saxon England. 160 pages....
|Title||:||Warrior Kings of Saxon England|
|Number of Pages||:||590 Pages|
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Warrior Kings of Saxon England Reviews
So far this is a riveting telling of the Saxon Kings that ruled England prior to the Norman invasion. Whitlock does an excellent job of placing you into the time and surroundings. His take on the humanity of each king really breathes life into the narrative. At 150 pages it is rather dense but worth the time.It is worth the read if just for the section (p. 20) on the conversion to Christianity of the Anglo-Saxons and the ramifications that had on English history. Whitlock shows how progressive a nation England was at that time (it was a part of the Roman Empire and not just a backward land of barbarians) and the influence the church had.
The author is (apparently) a well-regarded local historian in the south-central part of England which used to comprise Wessex, realm of Alfred the Great. Here he provides a graceful, enthusiastic, generally non-technical survey of the Anglo-Saxon period of his country’s history, from the landing of Cerdic the Saxon in the late 5th century (though, puzzlingly, he has a Celtic name) through the reign of Edmund Ironside more than five hundred years later. The focus, naturally, is on the Saxon settlement process and the subsequent struggle against the Danish invasions, culminating in Alfred’s skin-of-his-teeth victory at Edington and the establishment of the Danelaw, as enforced by his son and grandsons. (One mustn’t forget that the Danes and their Scandinavian allies came from the same part of the world as the Angles and Saxons and were essentially attempting to repeat their success.) Attention is given to social and ecclesiastical history but the author concentrates on the leaders and their personalities and intergenerational interactions. And he does this very well, characterizing Edward the Elder, Alfred’s son, for instance, as “brave, efficient, and uncomplicated.” I had my doubts whether a book of only 160 pages could do justice to its subject, but it’s actually pretty successful.
Short and readable, this was just what I was looking for when I wanted to learn more about the House of Wessex. It focuses on the kingly qualities of each monarch, particularly as these pertained to the defense against Viking invasions. It is thankfully short on social history.
This is a slim but indispensable volume on the warrior kings of Saxon England.
Concise history from Hengist through the Norman conquest. Well researched and informative.