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Lost Gold of the Dark Ages: The Mystery of the Saxon Hoard


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In July 2009 an amateur metal-detecting enthusiast made an astonishing find: 1500 pieces of bejeweled gold and silver almost 1500 years old, buried, lost, then forgotten. The treasure trove promises to shedunprecedented light on the most mysterious period of British history--the so-called "Dark Ages"--when the Saxons, Anglos, Celts, Picts, Jutes, and Vikings battled for control of the British Isles and a"mish mash of peoples evolved into a homogenous nation possessed with a strong cultural identity," according to "New York Times" bestselling author of the book, Caroline Alexander.

Alexander, author of the bestselling "The Endurance" and "The Bounty, " draws themes from the story of the spectacular treasure to explore the entire fascinatinghistory of the Saxons in England; from the fall of Rome to the flourishing and seemingly incomprehensible spread of Saxon influence. Piece by piece, she draws readers into a world of near constant warfare guided by aunique understanding of Christianity, blended as it was with pagan traditions. Through heroic and epic literature that survives in poems such as Beowulf and the Legends of King Arthur, Alexander seeks to separate myth fromreality and wonder, with readers, if the circumstances of the deposit of such a spectacular hoard have parallels in legendary tales. Peering through a millennia of mist and mystery, Alexander reveals a fascinatingera--and a mesmerizing discovery--as never before, uncovering a dynamic period of history that would see its conclusion in the birth of the English nation.

Set in alandscape whose beauty endures, the story of the making of England emerges through a wealth of archaeological and written material. The story highlights the fluid nature of human societies and carries a surprisingly modernmessage of a successful, cohesive culture emerging from a diverse group of peoples.

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About the Author

Caroline Alexander is the bestselling author ofThe Endurance, The Bounty,andThe War That Killed Achilles,and is widely recognized for her nonfiction writing. She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Granta, and National Geographic magazine.

Dr. Kevin Leahy, National Adviser for the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the British Museum, specializes in Medieval metalwork and is the expert who has been studying the hoard.

Product Details

National Geographic Society
History : Europe - Great Britain - General
Leahy, Kevin
Alexander, Caroline
History : Medieval
History : General
Publication Date:
October 2011

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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