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Title: The Britons
Author: Snyder, Christopher A
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780631222606
Volumes: 1; Pages: 352
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"This lucid text cuts a logical swathe through the minefield of current debates, and provides an overview that will be welcomed by scholars and non-specialists alike. Anyone seeking an authoritative and eminently readable account of the early Britons should start with this book. I enjoyed it. Others will too." Lloyd Laing, University of Nottingham"This book is about a fascinating, crucial and formative period of British History. There are plenty of controversial theories about the so-called 'Dark Ages', and yet Snyder offers a manageable overview that explores not only the latest scholarly works but also popular flights of fancy. This is a really well written book which is interesting, questioning, accessible and often amusing" Abbey's Advocate Newsletter"Prof Snyder questions the view of historians from Bede onwards that the British were overwhelmed by massive Germanic immigration and a series of bloody wars. He says many historians are now subscribing to the theory that a small number of warrior elites imposed their culture on the Britons in what is now England. The Welsh, however, refused for centuries to accept new trends from continental Europe, even defying the Pope with their own calendar." Rhodri Clark, Western Mail (Cardiff)This book provides a fascinating and unique history of the Britons from the late Iron Age to the late Middle Ages. It also discusses the revivals of interest in British culture and myth over the centuries, from Renaissance antiquarians to modern day Druids.* A fascinating and unique history of the Britons from the late Iron Age to the late Middle Ages.* Describes the life, language and culture of the Britons before, during and after Roman rule.* Examines the figures of King Arthur and Merlin and the evolution of a powerful national mythology.* Proposes a new theory on the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain and the establishment of separate Brittonic kingdoms.* Discusses revivals of interest in British culture and myth, from Renaissance antiquarians to modern day Druids.ContentsList of Plates.List of Figures.Preface.Abbreviations.Acknowledgements.1. Who are the Britons?Part I: Romans and Britons.2. Late Pre-Roman Iron Age.3. The Roman Period.4. Late Roman Britain.Part II: The Brittonic Age.5. Britons and Saxons.6. Religion.Part III: A People Divided.7. Brittany and Galicia.8. Cornwall and the Southwest.9. Wales and the Isle of Man.10. Northern Britons.Part IV: Conquest, Survival, and Revival.11. Normans and Britons.12. Language and Literature.13. Conclusion.Chronology of Events.Bibliography.Index.