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Publisher's Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of Wessex and Mercia, then pay attention...

Two captivating manuscripts in one audiobook: 

  • Wessex: A Captivating Guide to an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of England and Its Rulers Such as Alfred the Great, Edward the Elder, and Athelstan
  • Mercia: A Captivating Guide to an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of England and the Invasions of the Vikings During the 9th Century

Some of the topics covered in part one of this audiobook include:

  • The Transitional Period
  • The Creation of the Kingdom of Wessex
  • Caedwalla and Ine
  • Problems in the North
  • The Expansion of West Saxon Power
  • The Royal Brothers
  • Alfred the Great (r. 871 - 886)
  • The Great Heathen Army
  • Edward the Elder (r. 899 - 924)
  • Athelstan (r. 924 - 927 and 927 - 939)
  • And much, much more!

Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include:

  • The Origins of Mercia
  • The Builders of Mercia
  • A New Dynasty
  • Court, Church, Country, and the People
  • The Vikings Are Coming
  • The Rise of Wessex
  • The Last Queen of Mercia
  • Mercia the Earldom
  • And much, much more!

So, if you want to learn more about Wessex and Mercia, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

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A Good History Book

This book covers more than just the Anglo-Saxon period in England. It begins with an overview of Roman Britannia and continues through the Norman Conquest. The authors do an excellent job of bringing together research conducted not just by archaeologists, but various other disciplines in order to shed as much light as possible on Anglo-Saxon culture and history.

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This an excellent book

This excellent book is a VERY detailed history of the Anglo-Saxon world. It is up-to-date, scholarly and very well researched. It also shows that there are still many areas of debate where the experts on this period of history disagree amongst themselves.

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Fascinating.

Fascinating. I have recently had a DNA test that showed British and Scandinavian roots.. I love reading about the clash of those two cultures in Anglo Saxon Britain

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Well-written

It is well-written and accessible prose by the chapter-identified authors; much recent multidisciplinary information and analysis. As currently authoritative as a single volume for the lay-reader could be on this subject.

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Very Nice

The best book you'll ever find about Anglo-Saxons and the world they lived in. This book is dense and is not for the casual listener. You must be prepared to spend many hours with this book in order to get through its chapters.

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I love this book

I love this book and I couldn't recommend it enough to anyone with an interest in the Anglo-Saxon era. My only complaint is not with the book itself but how it was evidently handled.

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I found the writing very clear and easy

I found the writing very clear and easy to understand. Having looked at a number of books about this period and read several from different perspectives, this was, by far, the best expenditure while I was trying to understand that place and time.

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Very Informative

This book covers a lot of ground and a lot of disciplines. It isn't afraid to do some informed speculation (something serious historians often shy away from, much to the consternation of the reader).

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Impressive

A good account of the Anglo-Saxon period of a little known semi-autonomous region of England in the (so-called) dark ages. Very interesting

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A beautiful and informative work

A beautiful and informative work . A good basis for further information. I highly recommend it.

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  • Brigid Callahan
  • 11-13-20

5 stars!

Another great audiobook in the series. The best historical fiction series I have learned. Very action-packed. Looking forward to understanding the next audiobook in this series.

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  • Vickie Fallen
  • 11-13-20

Hooked

Of course, to make it more interesting the book was produced a bit but you really get a feel of what England was like in the first century. The main character of Uhtred was extremely well formed and entertaining. It's a fast, interesting willing but with something.

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  • Gearldine Kirschner
  • 11-13-20

Engaging

As the series grows, the believable and enthralling story does not fluctuate once. Each character is novel and caused their draw of emotional connection, be it a level of hatred, like for athel wold, or admiration, like for aethelflead.

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  • Shonna Strickland
  • 11-13-20

Less is More

I like the Anglo-Saxon period, have received some old English, and have learned many histories of that time, and I have to say these books don't have the flavor of those vibrant and exciting times. Frustrating.

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  • Temeka Schoen
  • 11-13-20

Excellent

This series is an insightful journey into life and times in Anglo-Saxon Britain. Written from the view of Uhtred, son of a Northumbrian lord raised by Vikings, Cornwell paints a portrait inclusive of all the diverse peoples and practices in 9th & 10th Century Britain and reveals a gripping tale of the birth of England.

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  • Marin Carlin
  • 11-13-20

Great audiobook

This is a great historical story that speaks of the battles and men who fought to form a nation. I highly suggest it.

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  • Vernita Alvis
  • 11-13-20

More addictive than gaming!

The comments about the faded remnants of Roman occupation are poignant. I could not put it down and my spouse was forced to tolerate my telling him I could not speak because I was in the middle of an important battle. I liked the postscripts at the end of each volume when the writer points out what was based on historical truth vs what fictional.

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  • Kiersten Maron
  • 11-13-20

A great guide.

If you have used the other books in the series I would suggest this one as well, it extends the story well and gives an interesting look at the experiences that encouraged shape England.

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  • Loreen Mccausland
  • 11-08-20

an outstanding series

I would suggest this one as well, it extends the story well and gives an interesting look at the stories that helped shape England.

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  • Loni Engels
  • 11-08-20

Useful

A total must for anyone interested in this period of history. This is the next best thing to visiting the Museum, which I was sadly unable to do at the time the show was on in London.