Popular Books on Anglo Saxon

 

Anglo Saxon refers to the Germanic inhabitants of England from their arrival till 5th century up to Norman Conquest. The term Anglo Saxon is also used to refer to the English language during the Anglo Saxon period.

Following is a list of ten most popular books on Anglo Saxon. If you like reading and wants to know, learn more about Anglo Saxon, you can go through the following bestsellers related to Anglo Saxon and choose one for your study or interest in Anglo Saxon.

 

Queens of the Conquest: England’s Medieval Queens

This book by Alison Weir tells the story of England’s queens. This book is vivid in nature and packed with tragedy, high drama and comedy. It explores the life of England’s Queens and gives an insight into the Anglo Saxon royal life.

Read it For:
This history book is as gripping as novels. Through this book, Alison Weir changes the focus of readers from centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the lives of Queens of England.
Don't Read it For:
It gives a brief account of the queens and riches but not into the normal life and culture.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book brings England’s Norman queens out into the light of exploration. This is one of the top 10 books on Anglo Saxon.

Building Anglo Saxon England

This book written by John Blair. Based on the recent Archaeological discoveries this book illustrates the Anglo Saxon environment and its inhabitant.

Read it For:
This book explains the origins of the town, manor houses, castles in a completely new manner
Don't Read it For:
This book is very descriptive and recommended for those readers who are really interested in archaeology, otherwise, the book might feel heavy and dull.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book demonstrates how regionally diverse the built environment of Anglo Saxon truly was.

The formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century

This book is by George Molyneaux, is presented as an argument against the thought that the English kingdom was not completely defined by the vision of English unity from Alfred the Great.

Read it For:
This book focuses on the thought that the formation of English kingdom at the time of Norman Conquest was defined by geographical patterns. This is one of the best books on Anglo Saxon
Don't Read it For:
The book is very vivid in explanation but could turn boring.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is very vivid in explanation but could turn boring.

Arthur’s Britain: History and Archaeology AD 367-634

This book by Leslie Alcock, gives a thorough look at how literature ties into archaeology around Britain.

Read it For:
This book assembles information about the history of Arthur based on various discoveries.
Don't Read it For:
The view of history is narrowed down to archaeological insight and is basically based on the geography of Britain.
What makes this book stand out?:
The view of history is narrowed down to archaeological insight and is basically based on the geography of Britain.
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The Anglo Saxon at war 800-1066

This book by Paul Hill Gives an inner insight into wars at the Anglo Saxon time.

Read it For:
This book explains what warfare was really like at the time of Anglo Saxon kings like Alfred and Athelstan and weapons and armour of Anglo Saxons.
Don't Read it For:
The book basically focuses on war and Violence.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book contains a broad detailed account of the conduct of the war in Anglo Saxon world obtained from documentary records and archaeological evidence.

The Anglo Saxon World

This book is by Nicholas Higham and M. J. Ryan explores the contours and pattern of English life from the fifth century, Roman retreat from the western world to the late eleventh century, Norman takeover of England.

Read it For:
This book focuses on historical genetics, archaeology, literary history and art history.
Don't Read it For:
The book focuses more on the change in people’s life with events like war, which does not give a clear insight into the depth of Anglo Saxon culture.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book examines Anglo Saxon England by taking help of new discoveries.

Between two Fires

This book is written by Christopher Buehlman. The story is set in 1348 in which a disgraced Knight Thomas finds an orphan of the Black Death in a Norman Village.

Read it For:
This book is an amalgam of history and fantasy. The supernatural element in the book is very unique.
Don't Read it For:
The book contains violent imagery of rape and graphic violence.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a terrifying journey of angels, monsters, a disgraced knight, a strange orphan all together building the interest in the story.

Death of Kings

This book is a novel by Bernard Cornwell. It is the sixth novel Bernard’s Saxon Tales series. This book continues the story of Saxon warlord Uhtred of Bebbanburg who fights against a new Danish invasion of Wessex and Mercia.

Read it For:
The novel is in first person narrative told by Uhterd as a reflection.
Don't Read it For:
The book is found to be morally complicated
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel is also published with a family tree Alfred, a historical note and a list of Anglo Saxon place names.

A Choice of Anglo Saxon Verse

This book is by Richard Hamer  contains the old texts of all major short poems and generous representation of important fragments like riddles and gnomic verses. This book provides a unique view into the mind and culture of Anglo Saxon.

Read it For:
There are poems on battles won or lost, separated lovers and it even contains ruin and riddles
Don't Read it For:
Not being familiar with old English language would be a back step but this book does solve it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The old English texts of all major poems of Anglo Saxon period is given on the left page with an easier and understandable translation on the right side.

Rites and religion of the Anglo Saxons

This book is written by Gale R. Owen-Cracker who is a professor of Anglo Saxon culture at the University of Manchester. This book gives a deep account of religious practices performed by Anglo Saxons and religious beliefs they followed.

Read it For:
This book is very descriptive in each chapter, which keeps the reader interested. It covers the entire possible context regarding religion during Anglo Saxon period.
Don't Read it For:
The book sometimes lack depth.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book extends its subject to all the religion that Anglo Saxons are known to practice and discuss their practices of Catholic Christianity too.

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