Making Anglo-Saxon Devon,Emergence of a Shire.
(Robert Higham ) £19.99
Awarded the The Hoskins’ Prize for Devon Book of the Year!!
(ISBN 9781903356579Paperback size 178mm x 250mm 306 pages including maps black and white photographs and drawings..)
This new book fills a gap in our wide range of local history books.It offers a view of Devon between the end of the Roman period in the fifth century and the Norman conquest in the eleventh.
Dr Robert Higham's groundbreaking study was published on 20 October 2008. This fully-illustrated book of 324 pages takes into account the varied evidence – historical, archaeological and linguistic – which illuminates the period between the end of Roman Britain and the Norman Conquest. From the fifth to seventh centuries, its society was part of the independent kingdom of Dumnonia, whose inhabitants spoke a British language. In the later seventh and eighth centuries, this society was absorbed within the West Saxon kingdom. Though its rural population probably remained largely native, there were also newcomers whose English language soon became dominant. From the eighth century onwards, Devon was a West Saxon shire: its structures of government developed as it became a shire of the kingdom of England in the tenth century. By the time of the Norman Conquest, a strong sense of shire community – and a strong identity of Exeter as its centre – had emerged.
An opening discussion examines Devon's Dumnonian and Saxon foundations and a concluding one considers the legacy to later times. Between these discussions, thematic chapters cover the cultural composition, the history of the Christian church within Devon, the development of shire government and of rural and urban societies and economies. Sufficient treatment of outside events provides a wider context for the shire's experience. There are numerous maps, plans and photographs and each chapter has a list of relevant reading linked to a Bibliography. Although plentiful in data and academic in approach, the book is written very much for a non-specialist audience. It will appeal to students of South-West history, to those interested in southern England generally and to those interested particularly in the inter-action of Germanic and British populations.
The chapters cover; People and Place;Church and Society;Goverment and Towns;Land and Rural Folk.
We have had tremendous sales of this limited print run and are down to our last 50 as at 1st September 2011