TURNER, Sharon

The History of the Anglo-Saxons from the earliest period to the Norman Conquest. ... Seventh Edition

Published: London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans

Date: 1841

seventh edition, corrected and revised 3 vols. tall 8vo. xxiv, 517, [1]; xii506; xvi, 583, [1]pp., beautiful contemporary tree calf, sides with a Greek key gilt rolled border, spine panelled by gilt decorated raised bands, panels very richly gilt tooled, russet and black morocco labels, marbled endpaper and edges marbled to match.

Turner (1768–1847), English historian, was the pioneer modern historian of the Anglo-Saxons and thefirst to write a history of England using original source material from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts . His highly influential work on them was a cornucopia of new information, a revelation to the British people of their previously neglected cultural roots, and the spur to a new and still continuing school of scholarship. The first printing of his History of the Anglo-Saxons (4 vols., 1799–1805) brought him an immediate and substantial scholarly reputation. "The timing of Turner's work was propitious. The notion of Anglo-Saxon liberty as opposed to Norman tyranny had been strong since the seventeenth century, and had been both exaggerated and clouded by the French Revolution. With the emergence of the consulate and subsequently the Napoleonic empire the issue was simplified again: the English freeman was still capable of fighting against the Norman yoke. Patriotic Englishmen of a conservative nature could read their heritage as happily uniting the principles of order and liberty. ... [Before him] Anglo-Saxon antiquities had been nearly forgotten by the British public, [and] many major manuscripts were unexamined .... He laboured at the British Museum to open up these treasures, acquiring a good knowledge of Anglo-Saxon in the process ... Robert Southey praised his Anglo-Saxon works, stating that ‘so much information was probably never laid before the public in one historical publication’ (Life and Correspondence, 1849–50, chap. 11). ... He kept his Anglo-Saxon volumes up to date. In 1820 he mentioned, among other additions to his text, the use of Beowulf (virtually unknown when he started to write) and a detailed analysis of the English population at the time of Domesday Book. He further extended his history of England, producing volumes (1813–24) on English history from the Norman conquest to the end of the middle ages. .. A seventh edition [with his final corrections and revisions] of the Anglo-Saxon volumes, edited by Turner's son Sydney, appeared in 1852" [O.D.N.B.]

Beautiful fine fresh and quite exceptional copy.


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