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p. 627. The End of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdomlocked

  • John Blair

Abstract

English government changed greatly between the reigns of Alfred and Edward, and so did English society. The mid-ninth to mid-eleventh centuries saw rapid growth in population and economy. ‘The End of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom’ charts the last few years of the Anglo-Saxon era and the changes that shaped the territory at the beginning of the medieval period. The familiar landmarks of rural England, villages, manor-houses, and churches, took shape mainly in the late Anglo-Saxon period. Alfred's dynasty, which had survived the Danes, Norsemen, and Danes again, succumbed to Norman invasion. It was the end of the road for the house of Wessex, but not for Anglo-Saxon society, nor for its institutions and culture.

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