What are the best books about Anglo-Saxons?

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    #1Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.


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    Peter Price
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A great tale of an epic hero! If you're into monsters and demons then this book is for you. Great pacing and wonderful characters make an excellent book!"
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    Grendel by John Gardner is a mythological fantasy fiction novel published in 1971. This classic book follows a monster called Grendel and its epic battle journey. Grendel is a known antagonist in the English literature, Beowulf.


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    Hannah Wood
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is a classic, and for good reason. Telling the story of Beowulf from the viewpoint of the monster gives a unique perspective on the role of the individual in society. Is Grendel the monster, or are we the monsters? Thought-provoking and darkly humorous, it's the perfect companion to Beowulf."
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    #3In Search of the Dark Ages

    In Search of the Dark Ages

    In Search of the Dark Ages is a non-fiction history book by Michael Wood, first published in 1981. It chronicles the events of the Norman conquest of England during the 11th century.


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    Maria Wells
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Book about Romans and the Norman conquests in the dark ages. Some of your favorite characters from British history are found somewhere in the book doing something amazing. The Vikings also make an appearance and I found the book to be compelling and a good read."
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    #4The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain is a history book written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1136. It chronicles the beginnings of England, from its founding by Brutus of Troy up to the arrival of the Saxons and the Norman conquest.


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    Evelyn Romero
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I love how this book covers a subject that has been written about so much. It brings a fun and fresh take to subject matter that I've read over and over again. I could re read this book a few times and find a little gem of information that I didn't know each time. "
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    #5Tree and Leaf

    Tree and Leaf

    Tree and Leaf is a collection of writings by the renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien, originally published in 1964. It includes essays and poems deeply rooted in the history of England and the English language.


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    Víctor Hidalgo
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Tree and Leaf: Including Mythopoeia is a story by JRR Tolkien. It is a collection of poems that are part of English history. They are also about the nature of fairy tales and fantasy. Any book by Tolkien is worth the read, but this isn't one of my favorites. I would say it barely fits the topic."
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    #6Death of Kings (Saxon Tales)

    Death of Kings (Saxon Tales)

    The sixth book of the 'Saxon Tales' series starts with the death of Alfred the Great, whose successor is not yet clear. England's unity is at stake, and even though his son Edward was named his successor, there are many Saxons claiming the throne, and many Vikings are ready to attack from the North.


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    Emily Shao
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is a good fit for this category. Looks like an interesting book about Kings, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons."
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    #71066 And All That

    1066 And All That

    1066 And All That: A Memorable History of England is a non-fiction humorous book written by W.C Sellar. It was first published in 1930. 


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    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I didn't get into this book at all, it felt very dated and some of the context wasn't explained well enough so if you don't know your history very well then you will likely just be more bored or annoyed by this book than anything else. If you like older writings and are very knowledgeable on the history of England then this book might be decent for you, but I still doubt it for most people."
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    #8The Pagan Lord (Saxon Tales)

    The Pagan Lord (Saxon Tales)

    Alfred the Great is now dead, and his son Edward is the king of England, but peace won't last long, as the Danes in the north are planning their attack: led by Viking Cnut, they won't rest until the emerald crown is theirs. 


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    Janice Harvey
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is not clear it is about Anglo-saxons or its that is just their name of the series"


Best What are the best books about Anglo-Saxons
1Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 17 Paid
2GrendelBooks 14 Paid
3In Search of the Dark AgesBooks 12 Paid
4The History of the Kings of BritainBooks 9 Paid
5Tree and LeafBooks 7 Paid
6Death of Kings (Saxon Tales)Books 5 Paid
71066 And All ThatBooks 4 Paid
8The Pagan Lord (Saxon Tales)Books 1 Paid

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