• In Search of the Dark Ages

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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In Search of the Dark Ages is an unrivalled exploration of the origins of English identity, and the best-selling book that established Michael Wood as one of Britain's leading historians. Now, on the book's 40th anniversary, this fully revised and expanded edition illuminates further the fascinating and mysterious centuries between the Romans and the Norman Conquest.

Alongside portraits of Boadicea, King Arthur, Alfred the Great, Athelstan, and William the Conqueror, the story of England is expanded further to include new voices, with all-new chapters on fascinating characters such as Penda of Mercia, Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians, Hadrian the African, Eadgyth of England and Wynflaed. It's an altogether richer, more varied and inclusive study on the creation of Britain.

Just as it did when it first published 40 years ago, In Search of the Dark Ages overturns preconceptions of the Early Middle Ages as a shadowy and brutal era, showing them to be a richly exciting and formative period in the history of Britain.

©2001 Michael Wood (P)2022 Penguin Audio
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Brilliant!

I loved this book! Full of wonderful, researched details that bring this period to life.
I highly recommend this book!

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Needs a bit more editing

A really well written and well read book, but just 3 chapters in and I've already encountered several repeated sections and verbal notes to the editor that have not been removed. I can only guess that if there are repeats, there must be omissions.

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  • Julia Kemp
  • 09-20-22

Great narrator - really interesting book

A fascinating book really well read. Get this guy reading some other history books please!

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  • tleaf100
  • 09-10-22

Ruined.

How to ruin an already ok product.
Awful,if you've heard/seen the originals.
Needs the author himself reading it.

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  • Daearegydd
  • 09-04-22

Appaling production

There is no fault with the author. Michael Wood's telling of dark age history is compelling. Whoever edited this together, however, is utterly incompetent. Repeated sections, material cut short and missing, plus stuff that was clearly never meant to make the final edit. A good book ruined by piss poor production.

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  • S.Attenborough
  • 08-27-22

Disappointed

The recording of this book leaves much to desired. On the surface it appears to be cobbled and rushed. Chapters cut off in the middle of the story… going from Carlisle then to Sutton Hoo for example in chapter 5.

The narrator appears to be trying to grapple with the original text as first published and the additional updated text in many parts.

I think this re released book is a mess. Whilst it does include updated archaeological evidence generally the author makes nothing of it… seemingly just plonked into the relevant parts.

Overall disjointed and annoying.