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.
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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
Recommended reading 443