THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'[A] clever, lively ... splendid new book'
DAN JONES, SUNDAY TIMES
'A big gold bar of delight'
Sixteen hundred years ago Britain left the Roman Empire and swiftly fell into ruin. Into this violent and unstable world came foreign invaders from across the sea, and established themselves as its new masters. In this sweeping and original history, renowned historian Marc Morris separates the truth from the legend and tells the extraordinary story of how the foundations of England were laid.
'Marc Morris is a genius of medieval narrative'
IAN MORTIMER, author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England
'Brilliant ... Beautifully written, incredibly accessible and deeply researched'
'A much-needed book ... A gripping story, beautifully told'
BERNARD CORNWELL, author of The Last Kingdom
'Highly informative and hugely enjoyable'
'A vivid, sharply drawn story of seven centuries of profound political change'
THOMAS PENN, author of The Winter King