Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070
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Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070


The enormous hoard of beautiful gold military objects found in a field in Staffordshire has focused huge attention on the mysterious world of 7th and 8th century Britain. Clearly the product of a sophisticated, wealthy, highly militarized society, the objects beg innumerable questions about how we are to understand the people who once walked across the same landscape we inhabit, who are our ancestors and yet left such a slight record of their presence. Britain after Rome brings together a wealth of research and imaginative engagement to bring us as close as we can hope to get to the tumultuous centuries between the departure of the Roman legions and the arrival of Norman invaders nearly seven centuries later. As towns fell into total decay, Christianity disappeared, and wave upon wave of invaders swept across the island, it can be too easily assumed that life in Britain became intolerable—and yet this is the world in which modern languages and political arrangements were forged, a number of fascinating cultures rose and fell and tantalizing glimpses, principally through the study of buildings and burials, can be had of a surprising and resilient place. The result of a lifetime of work, Robin Fleming's major new addition to the Penguin History of Britain could not be more opportune. A richly enjoyable, varied, and surprising book, Britain after Rome allows its readers to see Britain's history in a quite new light.

Title:Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:458 pages

    Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070 Reviews

  • Jur
    Nov 02, 2012

    Robin Fleming’s book is a great counterpoint to the political histories of the period. Because of the archeological evidence the book is strong on demographic, social and economic developments, and ...

  • John
    Nov 13, 2012

    This is a classic example of a book that I would see in a bookstore or find in a library and really want to read. I know nothing of early medieval Britain...nothing, I would say to myself, in an attem...

  • Nikki
    Apr 03, 2017

    Britain After Rome is a rather exhaustive, not to say exhausting, history of Britain after the Romano-British period. It focuses on material culture like grave goods and excavations, rather than the t...

  • David
    Jul 16, 2015

    Robin Fleming very consciously takes a less traditional approach to the Anglo Saxon period than most; there's relatively little about political history, though there is some, and it might well be argu...

  • Hans
    Feb 03, 2014

    What a boring book . I'm really having trouble getting through this one. I can't understand why people are so enthousiastic . The archeological evidence up to the eighth century is not very compelling...

  • Juliette
    Apr 01, 2017

    In more ways than one, grave goods aren’t for everybody. Had the world turned on a different axis, and I’d not been so attached to luxuries like Brie or had not been so lazy, grave goods would hav...

  • John Nebauer
    Mar 30, 2014

    Britain after Rome is the second volume of the new seven-volume Penguin History of Britain series. It updates the old nine-volume Pelican History of England, which I greatly enjoyed back in the day (a...

  • Charles
    Sep 19, 2015

    I found this book to be very 'lumpy'. That is, there were chapters that I found terribly interesting and others that I wanted to page through as quickly as possible. For example, I found the final cha...

  • Chris Wright
    Dec 30, 2015

    Excellent overall, and with a broad approach both geographically and chronologically which avoids the usual trap of histories of this period; namely, over-focus on Alfred the Great and the generations...

  • Matt
    Oct 24, 2012

    An extremely thorough examination of ancient graves....

About Robin Fleming

Robin Fleming

Robin Fleming is a medieval historian, professor of history at Boston College, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She is an accomplished writer of numerous books that focus on the daily lives and lifestyles of the people of England around the time of the Roman Empire and early medieval times. By working hand-in-hand with archaeologists she has been able to piece together details of their lives that may