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Seller: ancientgifts (4,517) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123138041314 In Search Of The Dark Ages by Michael Wood, author of In Search Of The Trojan War. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 250 pages. Publisher: Facts On File Publications; (1987). Wood's carefully researched foray into early medieval Britain sifts a number of unresolved mysteries. Among them are the questions: Does archeological evidence support the theory that the real King Arthur was a British resistance hero who fought Germanic tribes around 540 A.D.? Is the Sutton Hoo grave in East Anglia the burial site of a dead king? What motivated warrior queen Boadicea to poison herself when the Romans crushed the uprising she led? Wood writes with grace and conversational verve as he incorporates the latest findings. He humanizes some of the most uninspiring or obscure figures in British history, including Ethelred the Unready; Eric Bloodaxe, ruler of Viking York; Anglo-Saxon imperialist king Offa, who staged a coup d'etat; and Alfred the Great, pioneer of town planning. CONDITION: Very clean hardcover with replacement dustjacket. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, and tightly bound, and judging by the evidence, basically unread, though I'd add it seems quite certain that the book WAS flipped through once or twice. I'd guess that the owner of the book took it home, glanced through the book looking at the pictures, then put it on a bookshelf to be forgotten and never actually read. The inside of the book is without blemish, however the surfaces of the closed page edges do show some ever-so-faint (almost indiscerbible) blond-colored, miniscdule age speckles (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). The cloth covers are clean and without blemish. The original dustjacket was lost, so we produced a full-color replacement printed on high-gloss photographic quality paper, enclosed in a mylar cover. It's very handsome and durable. Were it not for the fact that the dustjacket is a replacement facsimile, the overall condition of the book is otherwise not too far removed from what might otherwise pass as "new" in an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, for instance) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books often show a little handling/shelf/browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The Dark Ages are often considered a mysterious era. Once paid little interest by scholars, this period has yielded astonishing discoveries about its events and the people who lived through them. Based on the classic BBC television series, In Search of the Dark Ages embarks on an enthralling investigation of the mysterious centuries following the demise of the Roman Empire. Richly illustrated and highly engaging, In Search of the Dark Ages is sure to entertain as well as enlighten. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Wood is best known as a BBC "presenter" of the PBS variety, but he's also an Oxford-trained historian. His books (and television series) are solid history but still accessible. This book and his Domesday: A Search for the Roots of England are almost two halves of a whole, an investigation of what happened in England between the departure of the legions and the arrival of William's Normans, and why, and what the effects were on the further development of the "English" (. . . Celtic, Danish, Norwegian, Norman French . . .) people. Lots of maps and illustrations, lots of archaeological plats, and a nice turn of phrase in nearly every paragraph. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Michael Wood's book is a great resource for the little understood period of English history commonly known as the Dark Ages. He traces English history from the fall of Roman England, the rise of Boudicca, Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions, Alfred the Great, the little known Aethelstan, Ethelred the Unready, Eric Bloodaxe (not to be confused with Eric the Red, who discovered Greenland) and William the Conqueror (who never even learned to speak English). A good concise history with nice pictures and interesting insights. I loved the care this book took not to become too dryly academic, but at the same time to provide good, useful information. Interesting topics and figures in early English history such as Eric Bloodaxe, Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo are introduced in an engaging way, with many interesting illustrations and maps. This is the perfect book for someone looking to find out more about this subject, but not wanting to be put to sleep. REVIEW: For some reason the BBC has consistently and persistently managed to find as specialist presenters experts who are also thoughtful and talented communicators. This is the accompanying book for his 1981 TV series of the same name, and consists of a series of essays (one for each episode of the series) on early British and English history. It is an excellent introductory work to one of the more troublesome blocks of western history. Fast-paced and easily readable, Wood explains how the collapse of Roman Britain heralded the onslaught of different peoples and cultures into Britain and how these vastly differing groups occasionally reached a goal of total mastery of modern England. Celts, Angles, Saxons and Vikings are drawn as the source material and archaelogy reveal them: at once heroic and monstrous, petty and far-seeing. I recommend this book for anyone "in search of" that English historical quicksand prior to the Norman Conquest. REVIEW: I must confess that I have never really been interested in history very much, probably because of the way I was taught at school. This was the first book about the Anglo Saxon period I had read since leaving school and I was enthralled from the very beginning. The author brings the past alive, the characters no longer seem like figments of the past but as real people and he writes in a way which is entertaining and gripping without being a patronizing intellectual bore! As a historical layman I found Woods text to be very approachable and readable. It was a vivid recollection of the time, careful interpretation of what few facts there are pertaining to the period, combined with interesting conjectural ideas. A great introduction to the period. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." Title: In Search Of The Dark Ages

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