The Anglo-Saxons

James Campbell
Introduced by Gareth Williams

Still one of the most influential books in its field, Campbell’s account of six hundred years of power struggles, blood-feuds, conquest and gold hoards is now vividly portrayed by Folio with full-colour photographs.

The Anglo-Saxons is one of the most important and influential general overviews of Anglo-Saxon history written to date.’

  1. From the introduction

In just six centuries, the Anglo-Saxons established English as the common language, introduced Christianity and universal coinage; and sustained several waves of Viking invaders, including an invasion in the 9th century that was thwarted by the self-proclaimed King of England, King Alfred. By the end of the period, they had successfully created a unified Kingdom of England with borders that are largely unchanged to this day.

James Campbell’s The Anglo-Saxons remains the authoritative title despite the publication of subsequent books on the period. Written by one of the leading Anglo-Saxon scholars, it is a remarkable history created for a general readership. Campbell’s ground-breaking pictorial volume includes maps and diagrams, as well as over 60 black and white photographs of archaeological sites and surviving defences and churches. Campbell placed art and craftsmanship at the forefront of his work and these images illustrate their importance in understanding Anglo-Saxon culture.

Our companion photo-volume includes many newly photographed artefacts and artworks, with ample space dedicated to each object, in order to fully appreciate their incredible artistry and exquisite detail: the treasures of Sutton Hoo; bibles and manuscripts, including pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels; intricate jewellery; the Alfred Jewel; beautiful ivory caskets; and elaborate gold and silver vessels. A total of 136 colour photographs add visual context to Campbell’s compelling text and reveal the extent of the immense cultural imprint the Anglo-Saxons left on Britain.

A new introduction by British Museum curator Gareth Williams adds a fascinating addendum of the latest archaeological discoveries and illustrator Yann Legendre acknowledges the Anglo-Saxon love of gold in his striking blocked binding designs – one based on a replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet and the other on the Great Gold Buckle.

Two volumes
Bound in blocked cloth with a design by Yann Legendre
Set in Minion Pro
Text volume: 432 pages. Picture volume: 104 pages
67 integrated black & white photographs and 15 maps in volume 1; 136 colour photographs in volume 2
Gilded page tops
Blocked cloth slipcase
10˝ × 6¾˝

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