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A 1,500-year-old cache of gold and silver sheds light on the era when tribes battled for control of the British Isles.
"In July 2009 an amateur metal-detecting enthusiast discovered a cache of bejeweled gold and silver almost 1,500 years old. This treasure trove promises to shed unprecedented light on the most mysterious period of British history-the so-called "Dark Ages"-when the Saxons, Angles, Celts, Picts, Jutes and Vikings battled for control of the British Isles.In Lost Gold of the Dark Ages, Caroline Alexander draws themes from this find to explore the history of the Saxons in England. Piece by piece, she draws us into a world of near constant warfare guided by a unique view of Christianity, blended as it was withpagan traditions. Through literature that survives in poems such as Beowulf and the legends of King Arthur, Alexander examines how the deposit of the treasure might have parallels in legendary tales. Peering through a millennia of mystery, she also reveals how the discovery can teach us about a dynamic period of history that would see its conclusion in the birth of the English nation.The making of England emerges through a wealth of archaeological and written material, showing how disparate, warring groups of peoples eventually melded into a cohesive culture that has endured for centuries."