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Alfred P. Smyth

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229896

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.001.0001

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The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Search for a West Saxon Dynastic and Christian Past

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Search for a West Saxon Dynastic and Christian Past

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(p.455) XVII The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Search for a West Saxon Dynastic and Christian Past
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King Alfred the Great
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Alfred P. Smyth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0017

This chapter discusses the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle that covers the history of England from the time of the earliest English invaders down to ad 1155. It notes that the work begins even earlier, with the record of Caesar's invasion of Britain in 60 bc, followed (as in Versions A and B for instance) by a continuous numbering of years by ad reckoning from the birth of Christ (ad I) onwards. It further notes that Stenton summed up the supreme importance of this source thus: ‘From the age of the Saxon migration to the Anarchy of Stephen's reign, the various recensions of the Chronicle continue to offer information which may be rejected but cannot be ignored. The criticism of the Chronicle is the basis of Early English Historiography.’ It states that there are seven recensions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, labelled A to G by Plummer and Earle.

Keywords:   Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, England, Caesar's invasion of Britain, Stenton, Anarchy of Stephen's reign, recensions, Early English Historiography, Plummer and Earle

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