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A.D. 500 : a journey through the dark isles of Britain and Ireland /
Simon Young.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2005.
xi, 260 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
0297848054 (hbk.)
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London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2005.
0297848054 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
'A cross between David Starkey and Bill Bryson with a bit of 1066 and all that mixed in'.
'A kind of Roman Britain version of Mad Max... a brilliant, funny, original book'.
'... an accessible overview of what Britain might have been like after the Romans had left.'
'Enjoyable and ingenious, this breathes life into the period.'
'Entertaining and informative... It throws new light on the mysterious Dark Ages'.
'hugely entertaining... What a joy to be able to recommend a book about misery, bloodshed and grisly superstition for being funny, compassionate and clear-eyed.'
'Informative and entertaining, this is popular history at its best.'
'Simon Young offers nugget after nugget of fascinating detail to paint a colourful portrait of a time when native savagery was being tempered by the arrival of Christianity in a country on the cusp between druidic power and the first cold grip of Church rule... This bawdy , picaresque and high-spirited book... wears its considerable learning lightly and opens a window on a time long neglected...'
'very clever'
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Throughout the Dark Ages, Britain and Ireland played host to barbaric battles as Celts, Picts and Saxons fought over control of the land. This book looks at the realities of life in the 6th century, as Britain and Ireland adjusted to life after the Romans.
Main Description
AD 500 is written as a practical survival guide for the use of civilised visitors to the barbaric islands of Britain and Ireland. It describes a journey which begins in Cornwall and continues through Wales and Ireland, then across to Scotland and eventually down to London and southern Britain.The Romans have left, and the islands are now fought over by Irish, British Celts, Picts and Saxons. It is a dangerous world, full of tribal war. The British Celts are enthusiastic head-hunters, while the Saxon gods require regular blood sacrifices, animal and sometimes human. There are social pitfals too ( Do not make fun of the Celts' beliefs about Arthur'... The traveller must not fall asleep while a saga poem is being recited'....'Don't refuse a place in a Welsh collective bed')Cheviot bandits, bizarre forms of Christianity, boat burials, peculiar haircuts, human sacrifice, poetry competitions, slave markets, the legend of King Arthur - these are the realities of life in the sixth century AD.
Unpaid Annotation
A clever and hilarious survival guide to the Dark Ages
Table of Contents
Introduction : the Dark Islesp. 1
The south west of Britain : 'the land of the British metal'p. 21
Southern Wales : 'the holy south'p. 36
Northern Wales : 'the great prophecy'p. 49
South-east Ireland : 'a slaver's dream'p. 65
Western and central Ireland : 'druids, monks and wolves'p. 78
Ulster and the Hebrides : 'the empire of Dal Riada'p. 92
The northern seas : 'unknown lands'p. 107
The Highlands : 'the painted peoples'p. 121
The Lowlands : 'between the walls'p. 134
Northern England : 'the occupied lands'p. 149
The Midlands : 'the frontier'p. 162
East Anglia : 'the beastly East Angles'p. 177
The Thames valley : 'the enclaves'p. 189
The south coast : 'the road home'p. 202
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