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The age of Athelstan : Britain's forgotten history /
Paul Hill.
imprint
Stroud : Tempus, 2004.
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224 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0752425668
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imprint
Stroud : Tempus, 2004.
isbn
0752425668
catalogue key
5153758
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 212) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Paul Hill was formerly curator at Kingston Museum where Athelstan was crowned.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-05-01:
Hill (archaeology, Univ. of Surrey) surveys the era of early medieval Britain when Anglo-Saxons struggled with numerous invaders to control that island. Though sparsely cited, the study employs the many manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, charters, archaeological evidence, and literature to passionately argue for viewing Athelstan as one of Britain's greatest kings and the first to truly create one united state of England. The military, political, cultural, and archaeological history are surveyed first to find local traces of Athelstan's influence and Anglo-Saxon military service and its response to the Vikings. Alfred the Great's dynasty and Athelstan form the focus of the second part, which includes Hill's survey and thoughts on the lengthy search for the lost battlefield of Brunanburh, a turning point in Athelstan's efforts to achieve Anglo-Saxon hegemony. Though the book is generously supplied with photographs, many of these seem more aimed at proving the esteem that parts of England retain for Athelstan than at assisting the reader. More maps are needed to easily follow the often sprawling course of battles and raiding described in this otherwise useful work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General collections and upper-division undergraduates and above. D. A. Rivard Cottey College
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This is the thrilling untold story of tenth-century Britain. King Athelstan (924-940) is one of history's forgotten monarchs. A grandson of Alfred the Great, his achievements outshine many of our most famous kings.
Long Description
In an age of evocative names like Eric Bloodaxe and Egil Skallagrimson, one name has been lost in the mists of time: that of Athelstan, ruler of all Britain. From the first raids of the Vikings on the shores of Britain and Ireland, the book traces the response to threat across the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic worlds. The rise of the kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons, and later, of the English, built from the debris of Viking destruction is analysed in detail and compared to the struggle for independence in Northumbria. Athelstan's achievement in establishing an empire for which he became famous is a key focus of the tale, along with the extraordinary history of the hunt for the lost battle of Brunanburh (AD 937), a clash which defined a people. For hundreds of years, no king would rule as much of Britain as Athelstan. His reputation survived the medieval period in the form of histories, songs and poems only to be lost at a later date, and yet its essence can still be found today all over the country.
Main Description
In an age of evocative names like Eric Bloodaxe and Egil Skallagrimson, one name has been lost in the mists of time: that of Athelstan, ruler of all Britain. From the first raids of the Vikings on the shores of Britain and Ireland, the book traces the response to the threat across the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic worlds. The rise of the kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons, and later, of the English, built from the debris of Viking destruction, is analysed in detail and compared to the struggle for independence in Northumbria.
Main Description
King Athelstan (924939) is one of history's forgotten monarchs. A grandson of Alfred the Great, his achievements outshine many of our most famous kingshe began his reign as king of the Anglo-Saxons in the south of England, and ended as the self-styled king of all Britain. During Athelstan's reign there was a tremendous power struggle between the English, Scots, Norse, Irish, Danes, and Welsh, culminating in 937 in a battle the importance of which was not equalled until Hastingsthe lost battle of Brunanburh.
Main Description
King Athelstan (924-939) is one of history's forgotten monarchs. A grandson of Alfred the Great, his achievements outshine many of our most famous kings--he began his reign as king of the Anglo-Saxons in the south of England, and ended as the self-styled king of all Britain. During Athelstan's reign there was a tremendous power struggle between the English, Scots, Norse, Irish, Danes, and Welsh, culminating in 937 in a battle the importance of which was not equalled until Hastings--the lost battle of Brunanburh.
Main Description
This book the story of the hunt for Athelstan's greatest battlefield and sets the whole era in the context of politics, religion and Viking attacks of the age.
Unpaid Annotation
King Athelstan (924-939) is one of history's forgotten monarchs. A grandson of Alfred the Great, his achievements outshine many of our most famous kings: he began his reign as king of the Anglo-Saxons in the south of England, and ended as the self-styled king of all Britain. During Athelstan's reign there was a tremendous power struggle between the English, Scots, Norse-Irish, Danes and Welsh, culminating in 937 in a battle the importance of which was not equalled until Hastings--the lost battle of Brunanburh.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. 7
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 13
Recovering Athelstanp. 17
In the shadow of the Vikingp. 43
The calling of Alfredp. 59
A vision of Englandp. 81
The thunderboltp. 101
Brunanburh--the Great Warp. 123
Of mystery and meaningp. 135
The shadow returnsp. 161
The evening of a Golden Agep. 177
The legend of King Athelstanp. 195
Appendixp. 209
Further readingp. 212
Notesp. 213
List of maps and geneological tablesp. 222
Indexp. 223
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