Michael Wood. In Search Of The Dark Ages. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1981.
The Dark Ages remain mysterious – but not quite so mysterious as they were. Michael Wood has discovered some astonishing new facts about the period and the people lived through it. In this book, which is based on the BBC TV In Search Of … series, some of the most famous names in the whole of British history are revealed in sharper focus than ever before.
Here is the latest archaeological testimony for Queen Boadicea’s terrible war of resistance against the Romans. Mr Wood examines the evidence for a shadowy resistance leader who fought against the Germanic tribes which poured into Britain after the Fall of the Roman Empire, and asks whether this was the real King Arthur. He discusses the most sensational archaeological discovery ever made in Britain, the Sutton Hoo ship, which reveals fascinating clues about the origins of the English Kingdoms. Michael Wood evokes the characters of the great kings who laid the political foundations of England: Offa, who built his dyke on the border of Wales and England; Alfred, whose wars with the Vikings saved the essential Englishness of his country; we meet Athelstan, ‘Emperor of Britain’; Eric Bloodaxe who died in a blaze of glory; Ethelred the Unready whose failure to defend England against the renewed Viking invasion led to Canute of Denmark’s triumph over the English. Finally we meet William the Conqueror, who overcame King Harold in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings.
The Dark Ages used to be of little interest to scholar or layman. But recent historical, textual and archaeological research has totally reversed this picture. The period is now seen as a formative one in the history of Britain, and Michael Wood shows how rich and exciting the reader will find the search for the Dark Ages.
Author: Michael Wood
Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation
Binding: hardback with dust jacket
Condition: used, in excellent condition
Spine: no visible wear
Text: clean and clear
Table of Contents
2: King Arthur
3: The Sutton Hoo Man
5: Alfred the Great
7: Eric Bloodaxe
8: Ethelred the Unready
9: William the Conqueror
Keith Farrell teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events (why not hire me to teach at your event?), and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. I teach regularly at Liverpool HEMA, and help behind the scenes with running HEMA in Glasgow at the Vanguard Centre.