A guide to the remains of Bede's England
Written by the Oxford historian Henrietta Leyser, Bede's England is a gazetteer to the remaining Anglo-Saxon ruins in England, many of them from the time of the Venerable Bede. This is an invaluable window onto the world of the author of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Concentrating on Bede himself (our most valuable historical source on Anglo Saxon England, and author of books that played a key role in the development of English national identity), this book is an accessible history and a guidebook simultaneously, illustrated with maps and photographs.
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Henrietta Leyser is a historian who specializes in the history of medieval England. She is the author of Medieval Women.Review:
'Leyser provides details of visible remains, of archaeological investigations and places where their discoveries can be viewed' Times Literary Supplement. 'Beda (Bede) is our most valuable historical source on Anglo-Saxon England, and this is a perfect introduction to the man, his work and the world in which he lived' Britain. 'If only academics would stop writing for each other and address the general public, whose interest in their own homes and history is easily awakened. But that is exactly what Henrietta Leyser is doing and has done. We need more books like hers' Literary Review. 'With great clarity and charm Leyser offers a bracing and necessary corrective to the notion of a cloistered life in the Dark Ages ... The book is clearly and cogently organized, with an excellent referencing system of cross-referencing, and a well-designed and highly necessary index' Spectator.
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