“The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest” by Jennifer Paxton


This is an audio book of the “Great Courses” series which I listened to while commuting.  Fairly interesting and well-told history of England, from the Saxon Heptarchy to Henry VII (the first Tudor).

First impression, on early English history: it’s all Vikings.  The Roman Britons were pushed out by Germanic raiders who seemed pretty similar to the raiders later known as Vikings.  This initial wave of settlers was the “Anglo-Saxons.”  Later, other Viking raids and settling continued.  England even had a Viking king, Cnut the Great, shortly before the Norman Conquest.

Second impression is a continuation of what I realized from reading earlier books – the world is in a constant state of change.  Peoples are always on the move; no one is an “aborigine.”


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