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The History of the Anglo-Saxons: Volume 1, From their First Appearance above the Elbe, to the Death of Egbert, with a Map of their Ancient Territory, Part 0.
Cambridge University Press, 2018. 422p. Paperback. Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Medieval History. Sharon Turner (1768–1847) practised as a solicitor in London, specialising in the law of copyright, but devoted his free time to studying Anglo-Saxon literature and history. In 1799–1805 he published this four-volume work, still acknowledged as a turning point in Anglo-Saxon studies and a benchmark in historiography. Turner was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1800, soon after the first volume appeared. His approach of contrasting 'Anglo-Saxon freedom' with 'the Norman yoke' held particular appeal at a time of deteriorating political relations with France. Turner's lasting achievement, however, was to draw public attention to the rich and fascinating material contained in the Anglo-Saxon manuscripts he had studied at the British Museum. This work went through many editions, but was eventually superseded by Kemble's The Saxons in England (1849, also reissued). Volume 1 (1799) covers Anglo-Saxon history up to the death of Egbert, King of Wessex, in 839. (Publisher's information).
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