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The Anglo-Saxon State
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The power, sophisitcation, unity and wealth of the late Anglo-Saxon state have long been underestimated. The shadow of defeatin 1066, and an assumption that the Normans brought about strong government and a unification that had not previously been there, has prevented many of the remarkable features of Anglo-Saxon society from being seen. In The Anglo-Saxon State James Campbell shows how strong, unified and well-governed Anglo-Saxon England was and how numerous and wealthy its inhabitants were. Late Anglo-Saxon England was also a country with a political class considerably wider than just the earls and thegns. William Stubb's vision of Anglo-Saxon England as a country with real representative institutions may indeed be truer than that of his denigrators. James Campbell's work demands the re-thinking of Anglo-Saxon history.
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The late Anglo-Saxon state - a maximum view; the United Kingdon of England; the Anglo-Saxon achievement; the impact of the Sutton Hoo discovery on the study of Anglo-Saxon history; elements in the background to the life of St Cuthbert and his early cult; Asser's life of Alfred; England c991; was it infancy in England? some questions of comparison; some agents and agencies of the late Anglo-Saxon state; the sale of land and the economics of power in early England - problems and possibilities; Stubbs and the English state.

About the Author

James Campbell is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford.

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Title mention in History Today, May 2009. "James Campbell's importance lies not in the vast amount he knows, nor even in the unexampled richness of what he writes, but in how he has taught historians of early times to think." --Patrick Wormald James Campbell's importance lies not in the vast amount he knows, nor even in the unexampled richness of what he writes, but in how he has taught historians of early times to think. Patrick Wormald" "James Campbell's importance lies not in the vast amount he knows, nor even in the unexampled richness of what he writes, but in how he has taught historians of early times to think." --Patrick Wormald

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