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Warfare, Raiding and Defence in Early Medieval Britain

By Erik Grigg

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ISBN: 9780719826788
PUBLISHED: 25/06/2018
PAGES: 224
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 234x156 mm
INSIDE: 70 colour illustrations

Warfare, Raiding and Defence in Early Medieval Britain is an examination of warfare in the period AD400-850, often called the Dark Ages, which is roughly the period between the end of Roman rule and the arrival of large Viking armies. It uses written sources, archaeological evidence and surviving features in the landscape to analyse the nature of warfare in those days, paying particular attention to the large defensive earthworks typical of the period. Luckily these earthworks survive long after the warriors have turned to dust; their locations in the landscape are mute witness to the nature of early medieval warfare. This period helped forge and mould the nations of modern Britain.

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" This book is a thorough and readable examination of every aspect of these enigmatic structures. Supported by much archaeological and historical data, as well as by personal observation, Grigg argues a forceful case for their rehabilitation as practical elements of defensive infrastructure in the uncertain context of early medieval Britain. "
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Reviewed By: Current Archaeology

" An important work of great value for military history, archaeology and Anglo-Saxon studies. (Jeremy Black, University of Exeter). "
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