The Saxon and Norman Kings (British Monarchy Series)

by Christopher Brooke

Paperback, 1984

Status

Available

Call number

942.01

Collection

Publication

Fontana Press (1984), Paperback

Description

This classic exploration of the history of English kings and kingship from the sixth to the twelfth century has now been brought up-to-date for a new generation of readers.

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LibraryThing member MrsLee
I wish I were a more educated person to write the review of this book, since there are no other reviews on LT, however, this review by a non-specialist will have to do.

This was very readable, not dry or dull. The author wrote with some humor, as an observer of history trying to learn as much of the
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mystery of these early kings as possible without over-reaching and making assumptions which cannot be proven. He cited early and original sources, as well as more recent historians who have written on these very early kings. There are some photos of artifacts, some illustrations, genealogical tables and an index. Sadly, only one sketch of a map.

For this American non-educated person, it was a great way to become familiar with the places and events of early English kingdoms. It covers the time between 550 A.D. and 1150 A.D. The author approaches it as a mystery with clues, not as settled fact, admitting the bias each scholar brings to his studies. He tells how each king was "elected" and a bit of their reign, if it is known at all. Brooke also gives a feeling of time and place, explaining how the culture and beliefs were different then, and how they evolved.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and will keep it for a reference, although I doubt I will read it again straight through.
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Language

Original publication date

1963

Physical description

224 p.; 6.8 inches

ISBN

0006329489 / 9780006329480
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