The Anglo-Saxons

The Anglo-Saxons

A History of the Beginnings of England



'[A] clever, lively ... splendid new book'

'A big gold bar of delight'

Sixteen hundred years ago Britain left the Roman Empire and swiftly fell into ruin. Into this violent and unstable world came foreign invaders from across the sea, and established themselves as its new masters. In this sweeping and original history, renowned historian Marc Morris separates the truth from the legend and tells the extraordinary story of how the foundations of England were laid.

'Marc Morris is a genius of medieval narrative'
IAN MORTIMER, author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

'Brilliant ... Beautifully written, incredibly accessible and deeply researched'

'A much-needed book ... A gripping story, beautifully told'
BERNARD CORNWELL, author of The Last Kingdom

'Highly informative and hugely enjoyable'

'A vivid, sharply drawn story of seven centuries of profound political change'
THOMAS PENN, author of The Winter King


  • The historian Marc Morris masterfully picks out key themes and characters, from King Offa to Alfred the Great, to produce a coherent and compelling narrative of this turbulent time.
    Pippa Bailey, New Statesman

About the author

Marc Morris

Dr Marc Morris is a historian who specializes in the Middle Ages. He studied and taught at the universities of London and Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His other books include a bestselling history of the Norman Conquest and highly acclaimed biographies of King John and Edward I (A Great and Terrible King). He also presented the TV series Castle and wrote its accompanying book. He contributes regularly to other history programmes on radio and television and writes for numerous journals and magazines.
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