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Title The making of England : a new history of the Anglo-Saxon world / Mark Atherton.
Author Atherton, Mark, author.
Publication London : Bloomsbury Academic, [2020]
Copyright date ©2017
Edition Paperback edition.
Description xii, 340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Call # 942.01 A
Series Library of medieval studies ; 2
Library of medieval studies ; v. 2.
Note First published 2017 by I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-330) and index
Summary During the tenth century England began to emerge as a distinct country with an identity that was both part of yet separate from 'Christendom'. The reigns of Athelstan, Edgar and Ethelred witnessed the emergence of many key institutions: the formation of towns on modern street plans; an efficient administration; and a serviceable system of tax. Mark Atherton here shows how the stories, legends, biographies and chronicles of Anglo-Saxon England reflected both this exciting time of innovation as well as the myriad lives, loves and hates of the people who wrote them. He demonstrates, too, that this was a nation coming of age, ahead of its time in its use not of the Book-Latin used elsewhere in Europe, but of a narrative Old English prose devised for law and practical governance of the nation-state, for prayer and preaching, and above all for exploring a rich and daring new literature. This prose was unique, but until now it has been neglected for the poetry. Bringing a volatile age to vivid and muscular life, Atherton argues that it was the vernacular of Alfred the Great, as much as Viking war, that truly forged the nation.
Contents Introduction: Helmet and crown -- Part I: Mapping a journey through the Anglo-Saxon world -- Part II: The reign of King Alfred -- Part III: The expansion of Wessex -- Part IV: War, poetry, and book-collecting -- Part V: Building the nation -- Epilogue
Subject Anglo-Saxons -- England.
English prose literature -- Old English, ca. 450-1100 -- History and criticism.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
Anglo-Saxons. (OCoLC)fst00808980
English prose literature -- Old English. (OCoLC)fst01711049
England. (OCoLC)fst01219920
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 1838604030 (paperback)
9781838604035 (paperback)

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