In the Land of Giants: A Journey Through the Dark Ages

In the Land of Giants: A Journey Through the Dark Ages

by Max Adams


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A cultural exploration of the Dark Age landscapes of Britain that poses a significant question: Is the modern world simply the realization of our ancient past?

The five centuries between the end of Roman Britain and the death of Alfred the Great have left few voices save a handful of chroniclers, but Britain's "Dark Ages" can still be explored through their material remnants: architecture, books, metalwork, and, above all, landscapes.

Max Adams explores Britain's lost early medieval past by walking its paths and exploring its lasting imprint on valley, hill, and field. From York to Whitby, from London to Sutton Hoo, from Edinburgh to Anglesey, and from Hadrian's Wall to Loch Tay, each of his ten walking narratives form free-standing chapters as well as parts of a wider portrait of a Britain of fort and fyrd, crypt and crannog, church and causeway, holy well and memorial stone.

Part travelogue, part expert reconstruction, In the Land of Giants offers a beautifully written insight into the lives of peasants, drengs, ceorls, thanes, monks, knights, and kings during an enigmatic but richly exciting period of Britain’s history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681772189
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Max Adams is the author of In the Land of Giants as well as a number of other books published in Britain. A university professor,
Max lives in the northeast of England.

Table of Contents

Author's note xi

Prologue It is written 1

Chapter 1 The kingdom of Dál Riata: Rothesay to Kilmartin 20

Interlude: Gilsland to Haltwhistle 55

Chapter 2 Marches: Telford to Wrexham 62

Interlude: Haltwhistle to Hotbank 91

Chapter 3 Looking for giants: London to Sutton Hoo 98

Interlude: Once Brewed to Warden Hill 136

Chapter 4 Eda Frandsen: Falmouth to Mallaig 144

Interlude: A Corbridge circular 179

Chapter 5 Heroes: Wareham to Yatton 190

Interlude: Walking on the Wall on the spot 231

Chapter 6 Time among the Britons: Anglesey to Bardsey Island 236

Interlude: The Tyne: Hexham to Ovingham 281

Chapter 7 Sense of place: Donegal 288

Interlude: Ovingham to Newcastle 327

Chapter 8 Speed: Meigle to Canterbury 336

Interlude: Newcastle to Jarrow 374

Chapter 9 Midwinter: York to Whitby 384

Postscript: Who are the British? 423

Appendix 1 Journey distances 427

Appendix 2 Timeline 429

Notes 433

Recommended reading 443

Acknowledgements 445

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