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The half millennium between the creation of the English nation in around 550 and the Norman Conquest in 1066 was a formative one. This groundbreaking series rediscovers the Anglo-Saxons through vivid portraits of 30 incredible men and women, as told by their contemporary admirers.

Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney discusses the Beowulf bard; former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams focuses on St Augustine, the first archbishop of Canterbury; Michael Wood celebrates Penda, the much-maligned last pagan king of England; Barbara Yorke tells the story of Hild of Whitby, the powerful abbess and largely forgotten pre-feminism model; and writer David Almond investigates the oldest surviving English poet, Caedmon. 

From royalty to peasants, the women behind the Bayeux Tapestry to rebellious nuns, Anglo-Saxon Portraits unravels the mysteries of a too often forgotten period in British history.

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A great walk through anglo saxon England

A great audio book about interesting people in bite sized sections by interesting academics. This audio book goes through the main who's who of the anglo saxon age

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A fantastic listen!

Ever wanted to go deeper with the Anglo Saxons? You won't regret listening to this collection of essays! Full of insight and depth, and a great listen .

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A great gallery of portraits

Concise and gripping biographies, beautifully performed. Michael Wood in particular is a characteristically brilliant reader.