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Edited by S M Varey and G J White. Pbk. xvii + 272 pages. University of Chester Press 2012. ISBN 9781908256007. £12.99
This collection of research papers offers new insights into residential buildings, settlement patterns, the names and boundaries of fields and the legacy of developments in transport and industrialisation.
See the University of Chester website for more information.
By Susan Oosthuizen. London: Bloomsbury 2013. ISBN 9781472507273. £45.00.
Current explanations for the origins of Anglo-Saxon England are generally based on the premise that older forms of social organisation did not survive on any scale into the post-Roman period. Common pastures are thought to have originated during the 5th and 6th centuries, and open fields are believed to have first appeared around the mid-9th century.
The argument presented here suggests a new paradigm. It proposes that some elements of the old Romano-British ? perhaps even prehistoric ? forms of collective social organisation persisted into post-Roman centuries, and goes on to argue that the impact of dynamic interaction between middle Anglo-Saxon lordly innovation and traditional social relations persisted not only in the medieval landscape but also in English culture more generally.
By Peter de Figuereido & Cyril Morris, edited by Stephen Langtree. Chester Civic Trust 2012
Available at the special price of £15 when purchased from the Chester Civic Trust Office, Bishop Lloyds Palace, 51/53 Watergate Row, Chester (open Monday to Thursday from 12.00 to 14.00); also available by post (extra charge) from the Treasurer, Martin Meredith.
Interesting and nostalgic for long-term residents of the city, informative for newcomers.