|Caroline Alexander. Kevin Leahy, intro.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2011|
In July 2009 an amateur detectorist made an astonishing find: 3500 pieces of jeweled gold and silver artifacts, weapons, and armor dating back almost 1500 years, to an era when Saxons, Angles, Celts, Picts, and Vikings battled over the British Isles. Highlights of this collection—subsequently dubbed the Staffordshire Hoard—appear among the 200 color photos in this book, along with archaeological sites and period illustrations. Caroline Alexander references this spectacular treasure to explore the history of the Saxons in England, from the fall of Rome to the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest, discussing such cultural milestones as the King Arthur legends, Beowulf, and the Domesday Book.