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In the Land of Giants : A Journey Through the Dark Ages
by Max Adams


Overview - Max Adams explores Britain's lost early medieval past by walking its paths and exploring its lasting imprint on valley, hill, and field. From York to Whitby, from London to Sutton Hoo, from Edinburgh to Anglesey, and from Hadrian's Wall to Loch Tay, each of his ten walking narratives form free-standing chapters as well as parts of a wider portrait of a Britain of fort and fyrd, crypt and crannog, church and causeway, holy well and memorial stone Part travelogue, part expert reconstruction, In the Land of Giant s offers a beautifully written insight into the lives of peasants, drengs, ceorls, thanes, monks, knights, and kings during an enigmatic but richly exciting period of Britain s history.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Max Adams explores Britain's lost early medieval past by walking its paths and exploring its lasting imprint on valley, hill, and field. From York to Whitby, from London to Sutton Hoo, from Edinburgh to Anglesey, and from Hadrian's Wall to Loch Tay, each of his ten walking narratives form free-standing chapters as well as parts of a wider portrait of a Britain of fort and fyrd, crypt and crannog, church and causeway, holy well and memorial stone Part travelogue, part expert reconstruction, In the Land of Giants offers a beautifully written insight into the lives of peasants, drengs, ceorls, thanes, monks, knights, and kings during an enigmatic but richly exciting period of Britain s history. "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781681772189
  • ISBN-10: 1681772183
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 416


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Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General
Books > History > Europe - Medieval
Books > Travel > Europe - Great Britain - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rambling about his native Great Britain, writer and archaeologist Adams (The Wisdom of Trees) reveals the subtle ways in which the past permeates the present, despite the presence of modern motorways and housing developments. “I went to Wessex to walk with the heroes of the Dark Ages,” he writes, “not to praise them, but to understand how a mythic past has infiltrated the fabric of the landscape.” Adams peers into the countryside and sees what was once there, imagining the inhabitants of centuries past. Archeology can say what happened, but “rarely can it say why.” Part history lesson, part travelogue, and part philosophical musing, this book reminds readers of a world in which time and distance were measured differently. This is not an idyllic journey. There are blisters, mud, cold, more mud, and encounters with a “megalithic tentacle roundabout” and a business park that is “a creepy landscape, overdesigned, inorganic, and inhuman.” This is a book to savor; as readers travel with Adams, noting meetings with strangers, discoveries of ancient shrines and henges, and enjoying intimate contact with the surroundings, they will long to get some hiking boots and a staff to follow these forgotten trails. Photos. (Oct.)

 
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