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The Origins of the Anglo-Saxons: Decoding the Ancestry of the English
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Jean Manco
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The Origins of the Anglo-Saxons: Decoding the Ancestry of the English

Jean Manco


Thames & Hudson

European history;
Ancient history: to c 500 CE;
Classical history & classical civilisation;


256 pages

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Who are the English? Their language and culture have had an impact on the modern world out of all proportion to the size of their homeland. But what do we really understand about their ancestry?

Traditionally they have been seen as the descendants of those Germanic peoples who poured into Britain after the Roman legions departed, today known as the Anglo-Saxons. Alternative interpretations have questioned this picture, or suggested complications. At last, the astonishing progress made in extracting and analysing ancient DNA means that theories can be tested empirically, shedding new light on the movement and migrations of peoples in the past.

Skilfully and accessibly blending together results from this cutting-edge DNA technology with new research from archaeology and linguistics, Jean Manco reveals a long and adventurous journey before a word of English was spoken. Going beyond a narrow focus on the Anglo-Saxon period, she probes into the deep origins of the Germani and their kin, and extends the story to the language of Shakespeare, taken to the first British colony in America. The result is an exciting new history of the English people, and a ground-breaking analysis of their development.

By:   Jean Manco
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   580g
ISBN:   9780500051924
ISBN 10:   0500051925
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Prologue * 1. How the Anglo-Saxons saw themselves * 2. The Germani * 3. The Long and Winding Road * 4. Travel, Trade and Bronze * 5. The Iron Cradle of Germanic * 6. The Haves and the Have-nots * 7. Anglo-Saxon Arrivals * 8. Embracing Christianity * 9. Forging a Nation * 10. The Rise of the English

Jean Manco is a building historian who trained within an archaeological unit and applies an interdisciplinary approach to her work. She is also the author of Blood of the Celts and Ancestral Journeys, both published by Thames & Hudson.

'[Manco's] books read like the work of a dynamic and talented young researcher, energised by the discoveries of genetics and their potential for casting light on history ... this new book is another admirable work ... both authoritative and well-written' - David Miles, Minerva 'An exciting new history of the English people' - Discover Your Ancestors 'A lot of technical information ... to convey, but Jean Manco does so with flair' - Current Archaeology 'Jean Manco has a driving critical curiosity, and the ability to absorb vast amounts of information without being overwhelmed' - British Archaeology 'Jean Manco is a phenomenon ... she sieves the swirling murk of academic specialisms - linguistics, literature, genetics and archaeology - to extract the gold' - David Miles, former Chief Archaeologist, English Heritage, and author of The Tribes of Britain

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