Wessex to 1000 AD by Barry Cunliffe

Wessex to 1000 AD by Barry Cunliffe soon to be presented for sale on the gleaming BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London & New York: Longman, 1993, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Number 9 in the series. Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Maps; List of abbreviations; Appendix; Plans;

From the cover: Barry Cunliffes splendid contribution to the Regional History of England (of which he is co-editor with David Hey) surveys the archaeology and early history of the ancient counties of Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire from earliest times through to the final flowering of the Anglo-Saxon age.

To an extent that is very unusual in England, Wessex has always been a cohesive region geographically and socially. Here more than anywhere else in Britain, the evidence of mans long inhabitation of the landscape is inescapable. It was indeed the impact of the great archaeological monuments of Wessex Stonehenge and Avebury foremost amongst them on the imaginations of the early antiquaries of the sixteenth and seventeenth century that provided an early stimulus to development of archaeology as a science in Britain.

Modern archaeology has borne out that early interest in the region, for Wessex seems to have been at the heart of the development of much of British culture. Palaeolithic hunters roamed in number here; here the earliest farmers gained an early foothold; and here, amongst them, emerged a culture sufficiently sophisticated, confident and competent to construct the great ceremonial monuments that are amongst the most impressive survivals of European prehistory. The wealth of Bronze Age Wessex is reflected in the rich burial goods of its chieftains; and vast hillforts like Maiden Castle and Danebury attest its power and importance in the Iron Age. The coming of the Romans, and after them the Saxons, did not put an end to Wessexs greatness: indeed the early kings of the West Saxons initiated the dynasty that, through Alfred and his descendants, eventually became the royal line of England.

In the Regional History of England series.

Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the very margins of the lower panel. One small spot to the edge of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVII] 388 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9¼” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I enchant you with top-drawer choices of my History catalogue?

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