and Early History of the English
During the late 4th and early 5th
centuries the Roman Empire came under increasing attacks from
Germanic and other tribes. In order to strengthen their core
defences Rome moved armies away from places like Britain, finally
abandoning it and its citizens in 410.
With the Romans
gone, Britons had to provide for their own defence and in doing so
followed the Roman example by employing Germanic mercenaries. This
opened the door to Anglo-Saxon migration and settlements. As the
hold of the local British leadership slackened, forceful
Anglo-Saxon leaders were well-placed to take over post-Roman
tribal kingdoms as ‘going concerns’.
In the next phase of
the settlement, Anglo-Saxon groups pressed inland, using the Wash
and Humber river systems and Roman roads. The settlement of
Britain by Angles, Saxons and others was neither quick nor without
resistance - it varied from place to place and time to time. A
British fight-back – led perhaps by an Arthur-figure – gave a
stunning British victory at Badon Hill. Only a generation later
the Angles and Saxons were on the move once more, against Britons
weakened by their own infighting and, perhaps, by plague. Yet it
was only in the 630s that the conquest became irreversible.
The telling of this tale focuses on the human story, on
footloose adventurers, on formidable warlords, on twists of fate,
on truth and treachery, on desperate last stands and daring,
25 maps help the reader get to grips with the twists and turns of
212 pages, 25 maps,
approx. 6 1/2"x 9 1/2"
The Sword in Anglo-Saxon
from the 5th to 7th century
Paul Mortimer and Matt Bunker
contributors to this book bring their practical and academic
knowledge to an exploration of new ideas and information about the
making and use of swords in the early Anglo-Saxon period. They
provide an insight to the symbolism of swords, their decoration
and place in society. Other items carried and worn by warriors are
There is an extensive survey of writings about swords from the Early
Middle Ages, together with discussions on the way swords may have
been used and worn. There is a chapter about the language of the
sword and runic associations. Several modern sword-smiths have
contributed knowledge gained from forging weapons. In addition to
those who have contributed essays, there are many scholars, smiths,
craftspeople, re-enactors and others who have added to the ideas,
theories and discussions presented in this book.
Illustrations: 180 colour, 76 B&W.
Large format approx. 20x25cm -
8 x10 inches 478 pages