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Conquest of Wessex Kings: Go Further


Anglo-Saxon England by FM Stenton (Oxford, 1943 and later editions). A classic text.

The Anglo Saxons by J Campbell (Phaidon, 1982). Wonderfully illustrated.

The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo Saxon England by M Lapidge et al (Blackwell Publishers, 2000). A useful reference work available in most libraries.

In Search of England: Journeys into the English Past by Michael Wood (Penguin Books, 2000). Some of the material for these trails come from this book. It contains fresh takes on the origins of the Old English state, and special studies of kings such as Alfred and Athelstan.

English Historical Documents, Vol 1 edited by D Whitelock (Routledge, 1979). The letter from the unknown Anglo-Saxon to his brother Edward is reprinted here.


Regia Anglorum: Reconstructions of pre-conquest villages, based around themes such as 'Warfare', 'Law and order', and 'Pastimes'. Includes links to articles on life and times in Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman times.

Anglo-Saxon England (Britannia): This Britannia site features concise essays on British history up to 1066. Topics include an overview of remains and the Sutton Hoo burial mounds.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Georgetown University): An invaluable resource for anyone wishing to study the period in detail.

Instant Old English (Georgetown University): Explores the origins of Modern English and teaches some Old English small talk.

Anglo-Saxon Culture (Georgetown University): Links to sites and resources concerning Anglo-Saxon lifestyle and culture, including updates on the Electronic Boewulf project.

Bede's World: Bede's World, in Jarrow, Northumberland, is a wonderful site recreating many aspects of early Anglo-Saxon England. The nearby church of Jarrow was where Bede himself lived and worked, and it still retains the original foundation stone for all to see.

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Places to visit

There are beautiful Anglo-Saxon churches still surviving at Deerhurst, Gloucestershire; Brixworth, Northants; Sompting, Sussex; Escomb, County Durham; Barton-on-Humber, Rothwell; Stow in Lincolnshire; Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire; Ongar, Essex (in wood!) and many other places (check your local-history library).

There is a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village in Suffolk.

The Sutton Hoo treasure in the British Museum is outstanding. There are also good collections of Anglo-Saxon coins here as well as in several other regional museums, such as the Fitzwilliam (see above).

The Yorkshire Museum has some interesting artefacts from the Saxon period. Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York Y01 7FR. Tel: 01904 551800.

For the Viking Age, the Jorvik Viking Centre in York is unmissable. It's great for kids and you can participate in summer digs.

The Museum of London has resources from the whole period. Find it at the London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Tel: 020 7600 3699.

Published: 08-11-2004

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