Alex Burghart

The evolution of England — from ragbag kingdoms to a centralised state

Marc Morris throws new light on Dark Age Britain, and makes centuries of Anglo-Saxon rivalry not just comprehensible but fascinating

Offa, King of Mercia (757–796), one of the most powerful Anglo-Saxon rulers before Alfred the Great, is depicted with the church of St Albans, which he founded as a Benedictine monastery in 793. (From the Benefactors Book of St Alban’s Abbey, c. 1380). Credit: Bridgeman Images

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