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The power, sophisitcation, unity and wealth of the late Anglo-Saxon state have long been underestimated. The shadow of defeatin 1066, and an assumption that the Normans brought about strong government and a unification that had not previously been there, has prevented many of the remarkable features of Anglo-Saxon society from being seen. In The Anglo-Saxon State James Campbell shows how strong, unified and well-governed Anglo-Saxon England was and how numerous and wealthy its inhabitants were. Late Anglo-Saxon England was also a country with a political class considerably wider than just the earls and thegns. William Stubb's vision of Anglo-Saxon England as a country with real representative institutions may indeed be truer than that of his denigrators. James Campbell's work demands the re-thinking of Anglo-Saxon history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781852851767
ISBN-10: 1852851767
Format: Hardback
(156mm x 234mm x 19mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: Hambledon Continuum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Campbell

James Campbell is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford.

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