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Michael Wood

‘In Search of the Dark Ages’ is an unrivalled exploration of the origins of English identity, and the bestselling book that established Michael Wood as one of Britain's leading historians. Now, on the book's 40th anniversary, this fully revised and expanded edition illuminates further the fascinating and mysterious centuries between the Romans and the Norman Conquest.

Alongside portraits of Boadicea, King Arthur, Alfred the Great, Athelstan, and William the Conqueror, the story of England is expanded further to include new voices, with all-new chapters on fascinating characters such as Penda of Mercia, Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians, Hadrian the African, Eadgyth of England, and Wynflaed. It's an altogether richer, more varied, and inclusive study on the creation of Britain.

Just as it did when it was first published 40 years ago, ‘In Search of the Dark Ages’ overturns preconceptions of the Early Middle Ages as a shadowy and brutal era, showing them to be a richly exciting and formative period in the history of Britain.

For more than 20 years, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood has made compelling journeys into the past which have brought history alive for a generation of readers and viewers. He is the author of several highly praised books on English history including ‘The Domesday Quest’, ‘In Search of England’ and ‘In Search of Shakespeare’.

He has over 80 documentary films to his name, among them ‘Art of the Western World’, ‘Legacy’, ‘In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, ‘Conquistadors’ and ‘In Search of Myths and Heroes’.

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Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people

Paperback, 05/08/2021, £12.99
A single-volume history told in a new way: mingling grand sweep narrative with deep-core, local, personal stories - all woven together with landscape history and the author's own travel journals.

In Search Of The Trojan War

Paperback, 07/04/2005, £10.99
Offers an account of the developments in the search for Troy. In this title, his wide-ranging study of the complex archaeological, literary and historical records has been includes. It also details the rediscovery in Moscow of the so-called jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy begun in 1988.

In Search Of The First Civilizations

Paperback, 07/04/2005, £15.99
Asks questions such as: what is civilization? Did it mean the same to the Chinese, the Indians and the Greeks? What can the values of the ancient cultures teach us today? And, do the ideals of the West - a latecomer to civilization - really have universal validity? This title explores these ancient cultures, looking for their essential character.

Story Of India

Paperback, 03/07/2008, £14.99
Weaves a narrative out of the 10,000-year history of the subcontinent. This book is a mixture of history and travelogue, and a portrait of India.


Paperback, 04/03/2010, £12.99
Follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest of the Spanish adventurers travelling from the forests of Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, the deserts of North Mexico, the snowpeaks of the Andes and the heights of Machu Picchu. This work explores the turbulent and terrifying events surrounding the Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

In Search Of Shakespeare

Paperback, 01/09/2005, £14.99
Aims to recreate the turbulent times through which William Shakespeare lived: the age of the Reformation, the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot and the colonization of the Americas. Drawing on a range of sources, this work takes us back into Elizabethan England to reveal a man who is the product of his time.

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

Paperback, 07/10/2004, £15.99
Michael Wood retraces Alexander the Great s amazing journey from Greece to India, searching for the truth behind the legend and experiencing the tremendous scale of his achievements.
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