Sharon Turner (1768–1847) practised as a solicitor in London, specialising in the law of copyright. As a young man he became enthusiastically involved in the study of Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic literature and history. In 1799–1805 he published this four-volume history, still acknowledged as a turning point in Anglo-Saxon studies and a benchmark in historiography. Turner was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1800, soon after the first volume appeared. His approach of contrasting 'Anglo-Saxon freedom' with 'the Norman yoke' (an idea dating from the seventeenth century) held particular appeal at a time of deteriorating political relations with France. Turner's lasting achievement, however, was to draw public attention to the rich and fascinating material contained in the Anglo-Saxon manuscripts he had studied at the British Museum. This work went through many editions, but was eventually superseded by Kemble's The Saxons in England (1849, also reissued).
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- Date Published: March 2018
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108082006
- dimensions: 222 x 273 x 55 mm
- weight: 1kg
- contains: 1 colour illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Of the Saxons in their Pagan State
Part II. Of the Manners of the Anglo-Saxons
Part III. Their Landed Property
Part IV. The Government of the Anglo-Saxons
Part V. The History of the Laws of the Anglo-Saxon
Part VI. Their Poetry, Literature, Arts and Sciences
Part VII. Their Religion
Part VIII. Their Language.
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