Press Release: The Anglo-Saxons
Introduced by Gareth Williams
Illustrated throughout, plus a new companion volume of full-colour photographs
‘Campbell’s is an important and fascinating book.’
In just six centuries, the Anglo-Saxons established English as the common language, introduced Christianity and universal coinage; and sustained several waves of Viking invaders, including an invasion in the ninth century that was thwarted by the self-proclaimed king of the Anglo-Saxons, King Alfred. By the end of the period, they had successfully created a unified Kingdom of England.
James Campbell’s The Anglo-Saxons remains the authoritative title despite the publication of subsequent books on the period – it is a remarkable history created for a general readership. This new Folio edition of this ground-breaking volume includes maps and diagrams, as well as over 60 black and white photographs of archaeological sites and surviving defences and churches. Campbell placed art and craftsmanship at the forefront of his work and these images illustrate their importance in understanding Anglo-Saxon culture.
Our companion photo-volume includes a total of 136 colour images, many photographs of the artefacts and artworks have been specially commissioned for this edition. Each object is dedicated ample space in order to fully appreciate their incredible artistry and exquisite detail including: the treasures of Sutton Hoo; pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels; intricate jewellery; the Alfred Jewel; beautiful ivory caskets; and elaborate gold and silver vessels.
A new introduction by British Museum curator Gareth Williams adds a fascinating addendum of the latest archaeological
discoveries and illustrator Yann Legendre acknowledges the Anglo-Saxon love of gold in his striking blocked binding designs – based on finds from Sutton Hoo, the famous helmet and the Great Gold Buckle.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Minion Pro. Text vol: 432 pages. Two-colour title page. Picture vol: 104 pages. 68 black & white integrated photographs and 15 maps in Vol. 1; 136 colour photographs in Vol. 2. Gilded page tops. Blocked cloth slipcase. 10˝ × 6¾˝.
UK £120.00 US $180.00 Can $240.00 Aus $240.00
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