Publication – Rory Naismith, « Early Medieval Britain, c. 500–1000 »

Early medieval Britain saw the birth of England, Scotland and of the Welsh kingdoms. Naismith’s introductory textbook explores the period between the end of Roman rule and the eve of the Norman Conquest, blending an engaging narrative with clear explanations of key themes and sources. Using extensive illustrations, maps and selections from primary sources, students will examine the island as a collective entity, comparing political histories and institutions as well as societies, beliefs and economies. Each chapter foregrounds questions of identity and the meaning of ‘Britain’ in this period, encouraging interrogation and contextualisation of sources within the framework of the latest debates and problems. Featuring online resources including timelines, a glossary, end-of-chapter questions and suggestions for further reading, students can drive their own understanding of how the polities and societies of early medieval Britain fitted together and into the wider world, and firmly grasp the formative stages of British history.

Rory Naismith has published extensively on early medieval history, including Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England: the Southern English Kingdoms 757–865 (2012), Medieval European Coinage 8: Britain and Ireland c. 400–1066 (2017) and Citadel of the Saxons: the Rise of Early London (2018).

Table des matières :

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Source Boxes
List of Methods and Analysis Boxes
List of Illustrations
List of Maps


Part I. Conceiving Early Medieval Britain:

  • An Island in the Ocean: The Idea of Britain
  • On the Edge of the World: Britain and Europe
  • Legend, Myth and History
  • Migrations and Peoples
  • Fragments of the Past

Part II. Making Early Medieval Britain:

  • Britain c. 500
  • ‘Fertile of Tyrants’: Britain 500–650
  • ‘What the Outcome Will Be, a Future Age Will See’: Britain 650–850
  • ‘God Help Us!’: Britain 850–1000

Part III. Living in Early Medieval Britain:

  • Kingship in Action
  • Building a Christian Society
  • Maintaining Belief: The Church as an Institution
  • Family, Friend, Lord, Slave: The Basis of Society
  • Land, People and Settlement
  • Getting and Giving: Acts and Settings of Exchange
  • Language and Communication

‘As Far as the Cold Waves Reach’: Conclusion


Informations pratiques :

Rory Naismith, Early Medieval Britain, c. 500–1000, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021. 490 p., 242 x 173 x 23 mm. ISBN : 9781108440257. Prix : 22,99 £.

Source : Cambridge University Press

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