Edited and Introduced by Bob Carruthers
• One of the most important sets
of historical documents
concerning the history of the
British Isles ever produced.
• Illustrated throughout with
paintings and engravings.
• The complete Parker
Manuscript included in this
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is one of the most important sets of
historical documents concerning the history of the British Isles
ever produced. Without these vital accounts we would have
virtually no knowledge of some of the key events in the history of
these islands during the dark ages and it would be impossible to
write the history of the English from the Romans to the Norman
The history the Chronicle tells is not only that witnessed by its
compilers, but also that recorded by early annalists whose work
is, in many cases, preserved nowhere else. In addition to its value
as a key historical archive, it is just as important a source for the
early development of the English language. Furthermore, it is of
significant literary interest as several Old English poems, written
in celebration of royal figures and their achievements, have been
inserted at various points since the 10th century.
At present, there are nine known versions of the original
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in existence. This important new edition
is not a translation of any single Chronicle, but a collection of
readings from many different versions. Illustrated throughout
with paintings and engravings, the book also includes the
complete Parker Manuscript, making it an essential reference for
anyone interested in the early history of the British Isles.
Bob Carruthers is an Emmy Award winning film maker and
military historian. He is the producer of the Discovery Channel’s
Line of Fire and the BBC’s Both Sides of the Line.