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The Last English King

by Julian Rathbone

On September 27, 1066, Duke William of Normandy sailed for England with hundreds of ships and over 8,000 men. King Harold of England, weakened by a ferocious Viking invasion from the north, could muster little...


The Medieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages

by Henry Osborn Taylor

Lasting from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries AD, the medieval period was a crucial time of transformation and growth, setting the stage for the flowering of knowledge and culture that would come to pass...


Roman de Brut: Arthurian Chronicles

by Wace & Eugene Mason

The poet Wace produced a remarkable epic poem known as "Roman de Brut" in the 1100s. The poem combined a sweeping history of Britain, along with elements of Arthurian legend and folktales. This twentieth-century...


A History of Witchcraft in England: From 1558 to 1718

by Wallace Notestein

Many historical treatments of witchcraft tend to be somewhat sensationalistic and cartoonish. Not so with Wallace Notestein's measured, intellectual take on the subject in A History of Witchcraft in England,...


Sieges of the Middle Ages

by Philip Warner

In the Middle Ages the castle was an important military and administrative centre, essentially utilitarian in its design and in the purposes it served. Because it played so central a role in medieval history,...


Western Perspectives on the Mediterranean: Cultural Transfer in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, 400-800 AD

by Bloomsbury Publishing

Based on close analyses of contemporary texts, and backed by an examination of the origins of the elements transferred and of the process of transmission, the contributors to this volume focus on the perception...


Thor: Myth to Marvel

by Martin Arnold

The myths of the Norse god Thor were preserved in the Icelandic Eddas, set down in the early Middle Ages. The bane of giants and trolls, Thor was worshipped as the last line of defence against all that threatened...


Food, Eating and Identity in Early Medieval England

by Allen J. Frantzen

Food in the Middle Ages usually evokes images of feasting, speeches, and special occasions, even though most evidence of food culture consists of fragments of ordinary things such as knives, cooking pots, and...


The Samurai: Swords, Shoguns and Seppuku

by Ben Hubbard

The true nature of the samurai warrior is an elusive and endlessly fascinating enigma for those in the west. From their inauspicious beginnings as barbarian-subduing soldiers, the samurai lived according to...


Interpreting the English Village: Landscape and Community at Shapwick, Somerset

by Mick Aston & Dr. Christopher Gerrard

An original and approachable account of how archaeology can tell the story of the English village. Shapwick lies in the middle of Somerset, next to the important monastic centre of Glastonbury: the abbey owned...


Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 15

by Sally Crawford & Helena Hamerow

Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History is an annual series concerned with the archaeology and history of England and its neighbours during the Anglo-Saxon period. ASSAH offers researchers an opportunity...


Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 14: Early Medieval Mortuary Practices

by Sarah Semple & Howard Williams

Volume 14 of the Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History series is dedicated to the archaeology of early medieval death, burial and commemoration. Incorporating studies focusing upon Anglo-Saxon England...


Farmers, Monks and Aristocrats: The environmental archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Flixborough

by K. M. Dobney, D. Jaques & James Barrett

The environmental archaeological evidence from the site of Flixborough (in particular the animal bone assemblage) provides a series of unique insights into Anglo-Saxon life in England during the 8th to 10th...


Medieval Adaptation, Settlement and Economy of a Coastal Wetland: The Evidence from Around Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent

by Luke Barber & Greg Priestley-Bell

Romney Marsh is the largest coastal lowland on the south coast of England. Since 1991 excavations in advance of gravel extraction around Lydd on Romney Marsh, have uncovered large areas of medieval landscape,...


The Medieval Broadcloth: Changing Trends in Fashions, Manufacturing and Consumption

by Kathrine Vestergard Pedersen & Marie-Louise Nosch

The eight papers presented here provide a useful introduction to medieval broadcloth, and an up-to-date synthesis of current research. The word broadcloth is nowadays used as an overall term for the woven textiles...


The Impact of the Edwardian Castles in Wales

by Diane Williams & John R. Kenyon

The Impact of the Edwardian Castles in Wales publishes the proceedings of a conference held in 2007, a year that marked the seventh centenary of the death of King Edward I, which set out to review recent scholarship...


Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire: The Archaeology and Architecture of a Cathedral, Monastery and Parish Church

by Warwick Rodwell

Dorchester-on-Thames and its abbey have been subjects of antiquarian interest for more than 450 years, and during that time much has been written about them. They are, however, still far from being comprehensively...


Life and Economy at Early Medieval Flixborough, c. AD 600-1000: The Artefact Evidence

by D. H. Evans & Christopher Loveluck

Between 1989 and 1991, excavations in the parish of Flixborough, North Lincolnshire, unearthed remains of an Anglo-Saxon settlement associated with one of the largest collections of artefacts and animal bones...


Everyday Life in Viking-Age Towns: Social Approaches to Towns in England and Ireland, c. 800-1100

by Letty ten Harkel & D. M. Hadley

The study of early medieval towns has frequently concentrated on urban beginnings, the search for broadly applicable definitions of urban characteristics and the chronological development of towns. Far less...


Deeds Done Beyond the Sea: Essays on William of Tyre, Cyprus and the Military Orders presented to Peter Edbury

by Susan B. Edgington & Helen J. Nicholson

This volume celebrates Peter Edbury's career by bringing together essays focusing on his major research interests; the great historian of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, William of Tyre, and his chronicle; medieval...