'outstanding ...one of the most valuable contributions ever made to our knowledge of the history of our own land' English Historical Review This book covers the emergence of the earliest English kingdoms to the establishment of the Anglo-Norman monarchy in 1087. Professor Stenton examines the development of English society, from the growth of royal power to the establishment of feudalism after the Norman Conquest. He also describes the chief phases in the history of the Anglo-Saxon church, including the Conversion of the various English kingdoms, and the unification of Britain by the kings of Mercia and completed by the kings of Wessex. Drawing on many diverse examples-place-names, coins and charters, wills and pleas, archaeology, and the laws of the Anglo-Saxons-the result is a fascinating insight into this period of English history.
Sir Frank Stenton (1880-1967) was Professor of History at Reading University from 1926 to 1946 and its Vice-Chancellor from 1946 to 1950.
1. The Age of Migration ; 2. The Kingdoms of the Southern English ; 3. Anglian Northumbria ; 4. The Conversion of the English People ; 5. The English Church from Theodore to Boniface ; 6. Learning and Literature in Early England ; 7. The Ascendancy of the Mercian Kings ; 8. The Age of Alfred ; 9. The Structure of Early English Society ; 10. The Conquest of Scandinavian England ; 11. The Decline of the Old English Monarchy ; 12. England and the Scandinavian World ; 13. The Tenth Century Reformation ; 14. England before the Conquest (i) The Peasants and their Lords, (ii) The Danelaw, (iii) Towns and Trade ; 15. The Last Years of the Old English State ; 16. The Norman Conquest ; 18. The Reorganization of the English Church ; Epilogue: The Anglo-Norman State ; Bibliography ; Key to Anglo-Saxon Place Names ; Index