F.M. Stenton

Anglo-Saxon England


A Must-read for English history buffs. Demanding but rewarding


Eighteen chapters and an epilogue that run through almost 700 dense pages and covers all aspects and vicissitudes relating to Anglo-Saxon England. Covering in one single historical frame, and a linear storytelling, all the historic regions of England and their connections with the Continent from the end of the Roman times to the end of William the Conqueror's reign. Encyclopedic in scope, Homeric for its breadth of characters. Masterful all in all. Not for the general reader, but not exclusively for the scholar either. A classic since 1943, its first publication. Demanding, of course, but rewarding in proportion to the care and interest deposited in its reading. I myself skipped many passages that were not of my own interest, which didn't prevent me form picking up the story later on, safely, without feeling historically stranded. The index of contents plays in this book a life saving role, due to the density of each chapter, which flows uninterrupted throughout.

The effort that such an enterprise entails, the mastery in the telling and the knowledge of the subject matter demonstrated, must ensure that this book continues to be a classic for generations. However, I am giving it 4 stars, and not 5, because I believe this should have been not one book, but several, dealing with the different topics separately. Despite the talent of the writer, it is still too heavy a book to swallow.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en Libertaddigital.com

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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