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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Illustrated and Annotated (ePub)

Military P&S History > British History > Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 16.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 372
Illustrations: 100 black and white images
ISBN: 9781473838338
Published: 18th March 2013


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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is one of the most important sets of historical documents concerning the history of the British Isles. Without these vital accounts we would have virtually no knowledge of some of the key events in the history of these islands during the dark ages and it would be impossible to write the history of the English from the Romans to the Norman Conquest. The history it tells is not only that witnessed by its compilers, but also that recorded by earlier annalists, whose work is in many cases preserved nowhere else. At present there are nine known versions or fragments of the original 'Anglo-Saxon Chronicle' in existence. All of the extant versions vary (sometimes greatly) in content and quality, and crucially all of the surviving manuscripts are copies, so it is not known for certain where or when the first version of the Chronicle was composed. The translation that has been used for this edition is not a translation of any one Chronicle; rather, it is a conflation of readings from many different versions containing primarily the translation of Rev. James Ingram from 1828. The footnotes are all those of Rev. Ingram and are supplied for the sake of completeness. This edition also includes the complete Parker Manuscript. The book is illustrated throughout with paintings and engravings.

One of the most important sets of historical documents concerning the British Isles ever produced. This book is illustrated throughout with paintings and engravings.

Forces Pension Society

Part of the publisher's “History from primary sources” series, this has an introduction from Bob Carruthers setting the text in its historical setting and explaining the origins of the various documents known collectively as the Anglo Saxon Chronicles. He also looks at instances where translations differ in their interpretation of certain passages. This is followed by the original introduction to his 1823 translation by the Rev James Ingram; the primary text used in the book. The final part consists of the “Parker” manuscript started at Winchester in the late 9th or early 10th century – for those who can read Anglo-Saxon!

Hexham Local History Society

This new book provides a valuable collection of views and it is impossible to understand the greatness achieved by Britain without understanding the way in which the Anglo Saxons laid a foundation, on which the Normans built further, to create a single nation that was eventually to expand and defeat much larger and wealthier nations on a march to the first global Empire. Within the Chronicle are all of the elements that created Englishness and expanded into a British character that was resourceful and innovative, making the break from agriculture to industry and dominating the world stage beyond anything that could reasonably be expected...The Parker Manuscript is also included and this makes the book the most complete history based on the primary surviving sources of the Chronicle.

Firetrench Reviews

Having recently reviewed books on King Arthur and Harald Hardrada which both heavily reference the Anglo Saxon Chronicle it was a logical decision to read this book. It benefits from a thoughtful introduction that places the various versions in their respective contexts and is valuable in pointing out what the Chronicle does not say as well as what it says; the former being important as it tended to ignore Anglo Saxon failures. Thereafter it lists the key events of the Anglo Saxon peoples in Britain and allowing for the inevitable errors by the original compilers it is the prime source for the period. A key reference for anybody reading about the Anglo Saxon period.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy
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