"Between the end of the Roman occupation and the coming of the Normans, England was settled by Germanic races; the kingdom as a political unit was created, heathenism yielded to a vigorous Christian Church, superb works of art were made, and the English language - spoken and written - took its form. These origins of the English heritage are Mr Hunter Blair's subject. At almost every point he writes from first-hand study of the evidence, but always clearly and with brevity. The first two chapters give a survey of Anglo-Saxon England: its wars, its invaders, its peoples and its kings. The remainder of the book is devoted to particular and important aspects of its culture; its Church and churchmen, the growth of its government, the formation of its economy, its artistic and literary achievement. The plates and text-figures illustrate Anglo-Saxon architecture and engineering as well as chronicles, inscriptions, tapestries and jewellery."
Book in good condition, although there is some wear to the cover and an inscription on the first page.