Part of a series which outlines the history of England's regions in 21 volumes. This volume examines Wessex to 1000 A.D. and offers a synthesis of work from authors who have themselves been actively involved in local research and who are present in or former residents of the regions they describe.
Part of a series which outlines the history of England's regions in 21 volumes. London has not been included - except for demonstrating the many ways in which it has influenced the provinces - for its history has not been very different from that of towns and rural parishes that are our principal concern. This volume examines Wessex to 1000 A.D. and offers a synthesis of work from authors who have themselves been actively involved in local research and who are present in or former residents of the regions they describe. It surveys the archaeology and early history of the ancient counties of Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire from earliest times through to the final flowering of the Anglo-Saxon age. It's chief concern is to interpret the landscape of the region, and the people who, over many centuries, created it. The region is covered in two linked but independent volumes, the first covering the period up to A.D. 1000 and necessarily relying heavily on archaeological data, and the second bringing the story up to the present day. Only by taking a wide time-span and by studying continuity and change over many centuries do distinctive regional characteristics become clear. This series portrays life as it was experienced by the great majority of the people of South Britain or England as it was to become. The book is aimed at degree students and at those taking courses in local history, urban history and agricultural history.
Part 1 The formation of the landscape and the early hunter-gatherers: the earliest hunters; hunter-gatherers of the Upper Palaeolithic period; readjustment to the new land; the Earlier Mesolithic; the Later Mesolithic; the nature of the man-landscape relationship; territories and mobility. Part 2 The inception of food-producing economies - 4500-3000 B.C.: man and landscape in Wessex; food resources; craft production and exchange; settlements; causewayed enclosures; death and burial; space and society. Part 3 The rise of the individual - 3000-1500 B.C.: the changing landscape; the food-producing economy; craft and production; settlement; ceremonial monuments; death and burial; territoriality; society, social change and the wider world. Part 4 Across the threshold - owning the land - 1500-600 B.C.: settlements of the Deverel Rimbury phase; settlements of the All Cannings Cross phase; the food-producing economy; settlement along the Solent coast and around the Somerset levels; the social significance of pottery; the bronze industry; other crafts and industries; death and burial; ritual and religion; society and social change. Part 5 Tribal society - 600-100 B.C.: the rise of hillforts; the farming settlements of the chalkland; the marshland settlements of Somerset; the agrarian economy; industrial production; ceramic production; ritual and religion; the tribal system. Part 6 The coming of Rome - 100 B.C.-A.D. 80: the expansion of Roman entrepreneurial activities; the question of the Belgae; Caesar and after; the tribal kingdoms; the invasion of A.D. 43 and its aftermath; the rural economy; the development of urban centres; the growth of industry; death, burial and the gods; social and administrative changes. Part 7 The Roman interlude - A.D. 80-350: from Vespasian to Magnentius; civic administration, taxation and money; the towns of Wessex; small towns, markets and spas; the spacing of towns; rural settlement; extractive industries; the pottery industry; some dynamics. Part 8 Return to tribalism - A.D. 350-685: the Barbarian conspiracy and its aftermath - 367-370; the end of centralized government - 370-410; the Saxon settlement in the east - 410-550; the re-emergence of tribalism in the west - 410-600; the introduction of Christianity; towns - 420-650; settlement in the countryside; earthwork boundaries. Part 9 The ascendancy of Wessex - 685-1000: the rise of Wessex - 685-840; the Danish invasions - 840-880; the ascendancy of Wessex - 880-975; mobile kings and royal villas; the nobility; the church; the monastic revival; from ministers to parish churches; Hamwic, overseas trade and the growth of Winchester; the burghs; the countryside; the end of the millennium - 975-1016.
Wessex to 1000 AD by B. Cunliffe
Regional History of England
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