Britons and Anglo-Saxons: Lincolnshire AD 400-650

Britons and Anglo-Saxons was published on 18 September 2012 in both hardback and paperback under a former nom de plume (336 pages, ISBNs 978-0-902668-24-9 and 978-0-902668-25-6). It offers an interdisciplinary approach to the history of the Lincoln region in the post-Roman period, drawing together a wide range of sources. In particular, it indicates that a British polity named *Lindēs was based at Lincoln into the sixth century, and that the seventh-century Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindsey (Lindissi) had an intimate connection to this British political unit. The picture that emerges is also of importance nationally, helping to answer key questions regarding the nature and extent of Anglian-British interaction and the origins of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms

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It was a pleasure to be asked to review this book. It is rare that one has the opportunity to read a county-based study focused on the problems of the British Dark Ages which is both so fully engaged with up-to-date scholarship and operating assuredly across all relevant disciplines – history, archaeology and place-name studies, plus occasionally historical genetics and palaeoecology. Not only does it offer a sophisticated study of Dark-Age Lincolnshire but it also makes an important contribution to wider debates about the ending of Roman Britain and the beginnings of Anglo-Saxon England...
This inter-disciplinary exploration of *Lindēs offers a new standard for regional work. It also provides a model capable of explaining how Roman Britain transmuted into Anglo-Saxon England, emphasising continuities in local and regional structures as well as population, alongside significant immigration... this book makes an important contribution to the central historical debates and will provide an important point of reference as to how we model the British/Anglo-Saxon interface for the next generation.
(Nicholas Higham, Professor of Early Medieval and Landscape History, University of Manchester – read full review)

Britons and Anglo-Saxons is an impressively interdisciplinary book that combines linguistic, historical, literary, and archaeological evidence into a coherent narrative for the post-Roman fate of Lincolnshire... [the] central contention that “the Britons based at Lincoln in the fifth and sixth centuries left a political, administrative, cultural, and even potentially a symbolic, legacy for succeeding centuries” (153) is amply borne out by [the] thorough interdisciplinary methodology, and [Green's] findings are sure to have an impact on the wider historiography of early-medieval British history... a major accomplishment by a promising young scholar...
(Speculum: the Journal of the Medieval Academy of America)

[A] well-researched and stimulating book... Green makes a compelling case for a post-Roman British-speaking people and polity based on Lincoln, from which an Anglo-Saxon kingdom developed.
the Journal of the Historical Association)

This book, based on the author’s doctoral thesis, explores the relationships between British and Anglo-Saxon populations in post-Roman Britain and the formation of kingdoms, using Lincolnshire as a case study... As an exploration of the aftermath of Roman Britain, the relationships between native populations and immigrant communities, and the mechanisms behind the development of subsequent administrative units, this book makes for a very thought-provoking read... It is a welcome addition to our understanding of the early centuries of post-Roman Britain.
(Medieval Archaeology)

This book should recommend itself to the introductory reading lists of history and archaeology students but will also serve the general reader well. Green clearly sets out the undoubted importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of this period, while at the same time recognizing the limitations inherent in some of these methodologies. This study draws upon the combined application of history, archaeology, place-names, and early literature to reconstruct its narrative — approaches that one would wish to see duplicated across the country... This book not only provides a narrative for Lincolnshire but also reinforces the potential value of similar approaches elsewhere in Britain while at the same time offering a compelling introduction to the challenges of studying this period of Britain’s past.
(Midland History)

...a lively and convincing account of a neglected British kingdom, admirably multidisciplinary in approach and alive to questions of wider interest, such as Anglo-Saxon kingdom formation and the survival of Roman society after AD 410. It makes for a good story, engagingly told.
(The Archaeological Journal)

Further Details:

Britons and Anglo-Saxons offers an interdisciplinary approach to the period between c. AD 400 and 650 in the Lincoln region, considering in depth not only the archaeological evidence, but also the historical, literary and linguistic. It is argued that by using all of this material together, significant advances can be made in our understanding of what occurred in these centuries, most especially with regard to Anglian-British interaction in this period. It is contended that this evidence, when taken together, requires that a British polity named *Lindēs was based at Lincoln into the sixth century, and that the seventh-century Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindissi (< Late British *Lindēs-) had an intimate connection to this British political unit.

In addition to investigating the evidence for Anglian-British interaction in this part of eastern Britain and the potential legacies of British *Lindēs, Britons and Anglo-Saxons also provides a detailed analysis of the nature of the Anglo-Saxon population-groups that were present in the Lincoln region from the mid-fifth century onwards, including those of *Lindēs-Lindissi and also more southerly groups, such as the Spalde/Spaldingas. The picture which emerges is arguably not simply of importance from the perspective of the history of this region but also nationally, helping to answer key questions regarding the origins of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the nature and extent of Anglian-British interaction in the core areas of Anglo-Saxon immigration, and the conquest and settlement of Northumbria.

'Britons and Anglo-Saxons' consists of the following chapters:

Intro Previous Approaches, Sources and Methodology
Chapter 1 The Context of Post-Roman Lincolnshire
Chapter 2 The British Country of *Lindēs
Chapter 3 Anglian-British Interaction and the End of the ‘Country of *Lindēs’
Chapter 4 Lindissi and the Legacy of *Lindēs
Chapter 5 The Population-Groups of Early Anglo-Saxon Lincolnshire
Chapter 6 Lindisfarne, the Lindisfaran, and the Origins of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Conclusion The Significance of *Lindēs and Lindissi

Dr Green is currently undertaking research at the University of Oxford. 

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