The Making of England: A New History of the Anglo-Saxon World

Mark Atherton
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During the tenth century England began to emerge as a distinct country with an identity that was both part of yet separate from 'Christendom'. The reigns of Athelstan, Edgar and Ethelred witnessed the emergence of many key institutions: the formation of towns on modern street plans; an efficient administration; and...
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$42.95
During the tenth century England began to emerge as a distinct country with an identity that was both part of yet separate from 'Christendom'. The reigns of Athelstan, Edgar and Ethelred witnessed the emergence of many key institutions: the formation of towns on modern street plans; an efficient administration; and a serviceable system of tax. Mark Atherton here shows how the stories, legends, biographies and chronicles of Anglo-Saxon England reflected both this exciting time of innovation as well as the myriad lives, loves and hates of the people who wrote them. He demonstrates, too, that this was a nation coming of age, ahead of its time in its use not of the Book-Latin used elsewhere in Europe, but of a narrative Old English prose devised for law and practical governance of the nation-state, for prayer and preaching, and above all for exploring a rich and daring new literature. This prose was unique, but until now it has been neglected for the poetry. Bringing a volatile age to vivid and muscular life, Atherton argues that it was the vernacular of Alfred the Great, as much as Viking war, that truly forged the nation.

Author: Mark Atherton
ISBN-10: 1838604030
ISBN-13: 9781838604035
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Language: English
Published: 09/19/2019
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.74d

About the Author
Mark Atherton is Lecturer in English Language and Literature at Regent's Park College, Oxford. He is the author of There and Back Again: J R R Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit (I.B.Tauris) and of (Teach Yourself) Complete Old English/Anglo-Saxon (2010).

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