Anglo-Saxon England

Anglo-Saxon England


By Sally Crawford

Shire Publications, Paperback, 9780747808367, 72pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2011


Early Anglo-Saxon England saw some of the most important elements in the creation of modern England: the Germanic migrations after the departure of the Romans and the introduction of Christianity in the 7th century. While traditionally the early centuries of Anglo-Saxon England have been disregarded as"'lost centuries," archaeological evidence, paired with the later written sources, can reveal a complex and often sophisticated society. This period saw the beginnings of urbanization, with the establishment of market-places enabling the trade of local and exotic goods, and the first schools were introduced in the 7th century.

Sally Crawford looks at how the Anglo-Saxons lived, from the composition of an Anglo-Saxon family and how status was defined by an individual's occupation, to the complexities of feasting and drinking and how adults and children found entertainment.

About the Author
SALLY CRAWFORD is a Departmental Lecturer in the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. An internationally-recognised expert on childhood and life course in Anglo-Saxon England, she is author of Childhood in Anglo-Saxon England (1999) and Sickness and Society in Anglo-Saxon England (forthcoming).