Beyond the Burghal Hidage

Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence in the Viking Age


Authors: and
As the title suggests, Beyond the Burghal Hidage takes the study of Anglo-Saxon civil defence away from traditional historical and archaeological fields, and uses a groundbreaking interdisciplinary approach to examine warfare and public responses to organised violence through their impact on the landscape. By bringing together the evidence from a wide range of archaeological, onomastic and historical sources, the authors are able to reconstruct complex strategic and military landscapes, and to show how important detailed knowledge of early medieval infrastructure and communications is to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon preparedness for war, and to the situating of major defensive works within their wider strategic context. The result is a significant and far-reaching re-evaluation of the evolution of late Anglo-Saxon defensive arrangements.

Winner of the 2013 Verbruggen prize, given annually by De Re Militari society for the best book on medieval military history.

Prices from (excl. shipping):

Add to Cart
Preliminary Material
Editor(s): John Baker and Stuart Brookes
Pages: i–xvii
1. Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence
Theory and Historical Context
Pages: 1–41
4. The Kennet
Pages: 215–267
5. Connections and Obstructions
The Thames in Anglo-Saxon
 Military Strategy
Pages: 269–333
6. The Defence of Kent
Pages: 335–379
Pages: 427–466
Pages: 467–480
John Baker, Ph.D. (2002), is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Name-Studies, The University of Nottingham. His publications explore interdisciplinary approaches to medieval and landscape history, with special reference to the historical significance of place-names.
Stuart Brookes, Ph.D. (2003), is Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and University of Oxford Faculty of History. His published books and articles focus on comparative landscape analysis and the archaeologies of state formation in early medieval England.
Winner of the 2013 Verbruggen prize, given annually by De Re Militari society for the best book on medieval military history.
List of Figures and Tables

1. Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence: Theory and Historical Context
2. Characterizing Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence (Fortifications)
3. Characterizing Anglo-Saxon Civil Defence (Communications)
4. The Kennet
5. Connections and Obstructions: The Thames in Anglo-Saxon Military Strategy
6. The Defence of Kent
7. Civil Defence and the English State, 800–1016

Anyone interested in the study of landscape, military history, or the medieval period, and all those interested in interdisciplinarity, especially in the use of archaeology and place-names.
  • Collapse
  • Expand