Athelstan The Formation Of England Occurred Against The Odds An Island Divided Into Rival Kingdoms, Under Savage Assault From Viking Hordes But, After King Alfred Ensured The Survival Of Wessex And His Son Edward Expanded It, His Grandson Athelstan Inherited The Rule Of Both Mercia And Wessex, Conquered Northumbria And Was Hailed As Rex Totius BritanniaeKing Of The Whole Of BritainTom Holland Recounts This Extraordinary Story With Relish And Drama, Transporting Us Back To A Time Of Omens, Raven Harbingers And Blood Red Battlefields As Well As Giving Form To The Figure Of Athelstan Devout, Shrewd, All Too Aware Of The Precarious Nature Of His Power, Especially In The North He Introduces The Great Figures Of The Age, Including Alfred And His Daughter Aethelflaed, Lady Of The Mercians , Who Brought Athelstan Up At The Mercian Court Making Sense Of The Family Rivalries And Fractious Conflicts Of The Anglo Saxon Rulers, Holland Shows Us How A Royal Dynasty Rescued Their Kingdom From Near Oblivion And Fashioned A Nation That Endures To This Day

An acclaimed British author He has written many books, both fiction and non fiction, on many subjects from vampires to history Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Holland was born near Oxford and brought up in the village of Broadchalke near Salisbury, England He obtained a double first in English and Latin at Queens College, Cambridge, and af

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  • Hardcover
  • 116 pages
  • Athelstan
  • Tom Holland
  • English
  • 09 June 2019
  • 9780241187814

10 thoughts on “Athelstan

  1. says:

    A useful introduction to a king who has been overlooked in part because sources on the man Athelstan are sparse In some 100 pages Mr Holland provides useful background to Athelstan s father Edward and grandfather Alfred and how he transformed his kingdom from reigning over the Anglo Saxons to all of England and so the title used for the first time Rex Anglorum King of the English Also covered is thelfl d Lady of the Mercians and Edward s sister Her own importance in combating the Vikings, and for Athelstan s time at her court as a growing adolescent himself seeing combat against the Vikings, is stated and well made in this small book Brief but informative and a helpful starter for the wider Penguin Monarchs series.

  2. says:

    A super little book How has this man escaped my radar for so long the first real King of a united England and arguably of Britain Why aren t there kids around called Athelstan He achieved a lot in his shortish life and reign 45 and 15 respectively Warrior, scholar, patron of the arts and devout Christian with a special relationship with the long dead St Cuthbert Interestingly, he never married, unlike his father Edward, who was always changing his wives Athelstan was born to an early and soon to be sidelined, wife As the new wives and kids graced the royal fold Athelstan was rather forgotten about, brought up at the court of his indomitable aunt but a generally good egg, if you kept on the right side of her Queen Aethelflaed of Mercia.His Grandfather Alfred the Great early spotted Athelstan s potential and they seem to have had a special relationship.William of Malmesbury writing his life some 200 years or so after Athelstan s death said of of him He was a man whose life though short, was glorious He pointed to his martial achievements, as well as his passion for justice his piety and learning.Tom Holland s conclusion will stick with me for a while In a country that has been a unitary state for longer than any other in Europe, the sheer feat of statecraft that was required to bring it into existence risks being signally underestimated The king who founded England has largely been forgotten even by the English.Recommended 4

  3. says:

    I m assuming this is a good general biography of Athelstan, but I felt that context and detail of the era was needed to have things make sense To say my knowledge of Anglo Saxon England is rudimentary is being kind No doubt background reading would have been necessary to get really engaged with the tale of Athelstan.Holland s treatment sparked my interest, but a comprehensive biography would have probably been satisfying.

  4. says:

    The epic first installment of the Penguin Monarchs series, describing Athelstan s achievements uniting England, establishing diplomatic relations with continental European powers and managing a fractious royal succession Athelstan s personality and even the site of the most decisive battle of his reign remain elusive but the book discusses the political and religious influences of his times and the family who shaped his childhood and adolescence his grandfather, Alfred the Great, his father, Edward the Elder and his warrior queen aunt, Aethelflaed of Mercia I am pleased that the Penguin Monarchs series includes volumes about the Anglo Saxon monarchs as it is essential to start before 1066 to understand the foundations of England and the monarchy.

  5. says:

    No king in England s history has been unjustly forgotten than thelstan This forgetting is all the poignant in that thelstan can reasonably claim to be the first king of England Not many other nations would flush their founder down the memory hole Washington adorns dollar bills, every Roman could tell you the story of Romulus and Remus, and Napoleon, the founder of modern France, has had books written about him than any other human being in history apart from Jesus Christ But on thelstan, almost nothing.Hopefully, Tom Holland s marvellous little biography will go some way towards rescuing thelstan from his obscurity With all the excitement that the story deserves, Holland whisks the reader back to 10th century Britain, when the Northmen did not merely launch picturesque, TV mini series worthy raids, but embarked on expeditions of conquest this was a country that had suffered two generations of depredations, when anyone living near sea or navigable river went to sleep with the fear that they might wake to find their homes being ransacked and fired, and their children being carried off into slavery For amid the revision of Vikings as romantic heroes, little attention has been paid to the fact that their most valuable booty was human men, women and children hauled off to be sold in the slave markets at Dublin, the Viking town that stood at the nexus of the slave routes that delivered captured people to miserable new lives from which they would never return thelstan, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Alfred, and his father, Edward the Elder, was a man committed to defending and instilling civilisation in the face of the barbarians For, make no mistake, for all their accomplishments as explorers and traders, the Vikings were barbarians Three generations of the most remarkable family in English royal history had made it their lives work to first defend and then to reconquer England, and thelstan stood at the summit and consummation of this extraordinary familial endeavour Then, when all seemed accomplished, all was thrown into doubt when the kings of the Vikings, of the Scots and of Strathclyde united against him The ensuing battle, Brunanburgh, was the battle for a hundred years, the battle that ensured that England would be England, and not dismembered Read Holland s book and marvel at the scale of thelstan s accomplishments and how much we have to be grateful to him for.

  6. says:

    Absolutely intriguing I went into this book without knowing anything about Athelstan and now i feel like a pro I wouldn t have bought it if it had been a bit longer but having finished it I m wishing it had been I absolutely loved the writing style It was so hilariously pompous and melodramatic that I found myself reading bits out to people and laughing out loud Honestly I would recommend this to anyone It was so funny and enjoyable and educational with no prior knowledge required.

  7. says:

    A short video I made to coincide with my biography of thelstan It s about his aunt, Alfred s daughter, the founding mother of England thelfl d 1100 years ago today, in Tamworth, the ancient capital of Mercia that she had recaptured from the Vikings in 913, died thelfl d, Lady of the Mercians a woman who deserves to be commemorated as the Founding Mother of England time for some viking kitties

  8. says:

    Due to my terrible memory I know very little about this period of British history Holland s work was really fascinating as he drew together facts in an understandable and engaging way, and has left me with a real sense of how England was formed The book is written at a good level for people with little prior knowledge, and goes into enough detail to interest those who are better informed as well I also appreciated the author s efforts to elaborate on the effects of various events, so that the work was not merely a timeline of our past.

  9. says:

    A very readable, succinct but scholarly study of this under appreciated monarch I was particularly impressed by the breadth of the author s research as outlined in the extensive and useful suggestions for further reading Mr Holland clearly knows his stuff and communicates it with admirable clarity An excellent opener in the Penguin Monarchs series.

  10. says:

    A fantastic little book, this Outlying not just the life of a man undeservedly lost in history, but the political state of England during his reign Tom Holland s prose is so accomplished, easy to read and the odd dash of opinion and wit thrown in to ensure the book is not just pages full of dry facts In this book he tells the tale of Athelstan and his battle to not only secure the thrown of Wessex but to finally see his Grandfather s dream of a united England I am of insufficient learning to know if everything told on these pages is true fact, but even if half of it is than Athelstan must have been a truly remarkable man Born under a cloud, spending his formative years in a kind of exile in Mercia, this is the boy who would grow to win every battle he fought, on and off the field of battle From Heathen s in Dublin to the kings in the north, by true grit and determination Athelstan extended his borders time and time again, until he had eventually carved out the kingdom of what we now know as England This is a period of history largely forgotten, wedged in between Alfred the Great and 1066 This book is a telling reminder of why it shouldn t be, why it could well be even important than 1066 and William the Bastard himself Highly recommend.

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