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From the author of The King in the North - an intellectually probing and beautifully wrought investigation of the obscure centuries that followed the departure of the Romans from Britain.

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Max Adams is the author of Admiral Collingwood, The Prometheans, the bestselling The King in the North and In the Land of Giants. He has lived and worked in the North-East of England since 1993.


'Not just a valuable book, but a distinctive one as well' -- Tom Holland, Sunday Times
'An engagingly written exploration of these 'fragments', synthesising archaeological and historical research from the last four decades, and applying a critical eye to traditional narratives passed down by medieval chroniclers and later accounts' * Current World Archaeology *
'A remarkable tapestry in which are woven the diverse threads of archaeology, topography, folklore, linguistics, and culture to create a panorama of Early Medieval Britain and its place in the context of European history' -- Sean Beattie, Donegal Annual
'A worthy synthesis of what little we know' Gerard de Groot, The Times. -- Gerard de Groot, The Times
'Max Adams brings to light this period, stripping fact from fiction, particularly when it comes to good old Arthur ... What emerges is a fascinating picture of Britain's new-found independence - pretty pertinent for now' * This England *

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