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Athelstan (Penguin Monarchs): The Making of England - Penguin Monarchs (Paperback)
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Athelstan (Penguin Monarchs): The Making of England - Penguin Monarchs (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 28/06/2018
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The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback

The formation of England happened against the odds - the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson AEthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae.

Tom Holland recounts this extraordinarily exciting story with relish and drama. We meet the great figures of the age, including Alfred and his daughter AEthelflaed, 'Lady of the Mercians', who brought AEthelstan up at the Mercian court. At the end of the book we understand the often confusing history of the Anglo-Saxon kings better than ever before.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141987330
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 89 g
Dimensions: 181 x 111 x 8 mm

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“An insight into the birth of a nation”

I loved this book. It was short but packed with fascinating about an often overlooked time and King.
It tells the stories of the great battles and states craft that led to the creation of the English (which led to... More

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