Baugh This book does not truly belong here, since it is a history of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon roots until today. But offers historical information where such information helps to understand the history of the language.
Blair 'The World of Bede is an engaging and accessible introduction to the writings and intellectual development of the venerable Bede (d.735), first historian of the English and one of the greatest scholars of the Middle Ages. ... Engagingly written, yet the result of a lifetime's study of Bede and Northumbria, the book is based almost entirely on primary sources, particularly Bede's own writings. The author surveys the fragmented state of Britain after the Anglo-Saxon conquests, tracing the - sometimes faltering - rebirth of Christianity from the time of St. Augustine through to the glories of the golden age of Northumbria in the eighth century. He looks in detail at religious life, examining such colourful figures as Hild, Wilfrid, Ceolfrith and Cuthbert, and vividly describing the ascetic way of life and fervent missionary zeal the new monastic orders brought with them. What was Bede's contribution to the growth of scholarship? Why is his famous Ecclesiastical History of the English Church and People still so highly regarded? How did Bede see his own age? What traditions most influenced him? Peter Hunter Blair answers all these questions, assessing Bede sympathetically in all the fields in which he was active, as teacher, orthographer, moral philosopher, grammarian, theologian, natural scientist and, above all, as our first modern historian. (Cover text)
Campbell 'For 650 years - from the end of Roman rule to the Battle of Hastings - the Anglo-Saxons controlled England; in religion, culture and administration their legacy is still with us today.' (back cover text) James Campbell, Eric John and Patrick Wormald 'have produced an exiting introduction to the field'. Whether student or hobby historian - this book will leave you with a much deeper understanding of the people of these times from which spring the roots of the English nation.
Cavill This book is proof that socio-historic subjects do not have to be dry. Paul Cavill brings the Anglo-Saxon journey towards Christianity back to live with as much scholarly backbone as heart. You can read this book instead of the nightly crime-story or use it as starting point for your own studies in this fascinating field. He looks at Christianisation from the perspective of a small Anglo-Saxon village and goes on to questions such as assimilation and the confrontation of Celtic and Roman doctrine, always rooting his arguments in the literature of the time. The more enlightening passages of literature are given in a larger translation in the Appendix.
White Even though somewhat older, this book is still a good step towards the understanding of Ælfric. Next to information about his life (as far as known) and about his work, the book contains a vivid and understandable description of the monastic revival which Ælfric witnessed with full impact.