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A.D. 500: A Year in the Dark Ages

A.D. 500: A Year in the Dark Ages

A window on the mysterious world of the Dark Ages by a brilliant young historian

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ISBN 9780753819463
Barcode 9780753819463
Published 1 May 2006 by Orion Publishing
Format Paperback, New title
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Author(s) By Young, Simon
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ISBN-13 9780753819463
ISBN-10 0753819465
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication Date 1 May 2006
International Publication Date 2 February 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Young, Simon
Category World History: C 500 To C 1500
British & Irish History
Social & Cultural History
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 199mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 228g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 909.07
Catalogue Code 186387

Description of this Book

AD 500 is written as a practical survival guide for the use of civilised visitors to the barbaric islands of Britain and Ireland. It describes a journey which begins in Cornwall and continues through Wales and Ireland, then across to Scotland and eventually down to London and southern Britain. The Romans have left, and the islands are now fought over by Irish, British Celts, Picts and Saxons. It is a dangerous world, full of tribal war. The British Celts are enthusiastic head-hunters, while the Saxon gods require regular blood sacrifices, animal and sometimes human. There are social pitfals too ( Do not make fun of the Celts' beliefs about Arthur'...'Don't refuse a place in a Welsh collective bed.') Cheviot bandits, bizarre forms of Christianity, boat burials, peculiar haircuts, human sacrifice, poetry competitions, slave markets, the legend of King Arthur - these are the realities of life in the sixth century AD.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'From Tintagel and tin-mining to saints and slave markets, from alcohol and King Arthur to boat burials and beavers, here are the realities of life in the sixth century AD, based squarely on archeological and historical evidence.' -- Charles Osborne SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Anyone who loves to hate a particular corner of these islands will warm to this witty and delightfully prejudiced guide book... It may read like a novel but Simon Young substantiates all his seeming flights of fancy with historical references.' TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT 'A highly entertaining and imaginative guide... A highly unusual presentation of life in a fascinating period of British history.' THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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Author's Bio

Simon Young was awarded a starred First in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from Cambridge University, as well as the Chadwick Prize for Celtic studies. Since then he has lived in Spain, Ireland and Italy. The author of many academic articles, he has also written about the Dark Ages for History Today, the Spectator, and the Guardian.

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