• Wessex

  • A Captivating Guide to an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of England and Its Rulers such as Alfred the Great, Edward the Elder, and Athelstan
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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If you want to discover the captivating history of the Wessex, then pay attention...

The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex was created through conquest by the Germanic tribe known as the Gewisse. For the following 500 years, this kingdom went through various transformations. Some even argue that those transformations were nothing more than the natural development of a society.

However, while the other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms prospered and rose to be a significant power in the region, just to fall from grace and be consumed in the events of the period, Wessex pressed on. It, too, came close to its downfall when it seemed that Mercia, a neighboring kingdom, would prevail in the constant struggle for domination. But Wessex showed that it could thrive even under the pressure of other, much stronger forces.

One of the main reasons for the success of the West Saxons was its leadership. A series of strong kings ruled this kingdom, expanding its borders, maintaining prosperous alliances, and leading their people into a better future. Wessex was one of the richest kingdoms, and it is no wonder that law and education prospered here. The kings of Wessex understood the significance of the written word, and it is from here where most of the written records come, and these records survived the ages to tell us their stories. 

In Wessex: A Captivating Guide to an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of England and Its Rulers such as Alfred the Great, Edward the Elder, and Athelstan, you will discover chapters, such as:

  • The Transitional Period
  • The Creation of the Kingdom of Wessex
  • Problems in the North
  • The Expansion of West Saxon Power
  • The Royal Brothers
  • Alfred the Great (r. 871-886)
  • The Great Heathen Army
  • Edward the Elder (r. 899-924)
  • And much, much more!

So, if you want to learn more about the history of the Wessex, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

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really great

"Wessex: A Captivating Guide to an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of England and Its Rulers Such as Alfred the Great, Edward the Elder, and Athelstan" provides an excellent knowledge of an intriguing period of English history. This short book provided a thorough review of a medieval English kingdom.

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Great work

A thorough and concise review of Wessex history. The issues of warfare, invasion, establishing rulers, and the influence of religion was well covered. The roles of women were reviewed. This Audible is really helpful.

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Good book

The author mentions a lot of good names, battles, and books to research if I want to find out more later, but since they're pretty quick to understand I don't feel overwhelmed while listening to it as I do with some history books.

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I love it

I simply can't get enough of English history. This is the first Captivating History book that I've listen about Ancient England and they are, by far, my favorites. I love that they are quick, but also very informative.

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This was a book that I truly enjoyed

This was a book that I truly enjoyed, however, the whole history for Wessex was invigorating. I was completely enthralled, even back when feudalism existed and transfer of power would suddenly cease to exist, there was no guarantee that the sole decision was the correct one. Danish King Cnut in 1016 started with a unified vision of complete and utter autonomy, providing assurances against the crown's inclusion in all of Wessex's affairs. I love history.

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This is an excellent audiobook

This is an excellent audiobook about the history of Wessex. Some of the interesting information that this book mentions in it includes the following: The Angelo Saxon Kingdom of Wessex was created through conquest by the German tribe known as Gewisse. Alfred the Great died in the year 899. The year 1066 is often considered the year when Wessex ceased to exist as a political entity. However, it has influenced culture even to this modern day.

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Rarely does a brief historical study educate, entertain, and fulfill all proper citation requirements? “Wessex,” however, has achieved this ambitious goal with resolve. Even the lack either of footnotes or endnotes are solved both through meticulously written references and an academic bibliography that gives listeners the information necessary to conduct further research should they desire.

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Awesome

Captivating History has always accepted the challenge of sharing an expansive history concisely. “Wessex” not only accomplishes this goal in detailing the titular medieval Kingdom of the West Saxons but also elevates the historian’s craft to an apogee in its thorough analysis amid general readership.

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I await the Captivating History presentation of the remaining kingdoms of the Saxons in Britain, and I look forward to their fleshing out the larger picture of the world of Saxon Britain in the half-millennium before the arrival of the Normans. Taken together, these will surely be a captivating Guide.

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interested!

This is my first review of an entity that history calls the heptarchy, the seven kingdoms of the Saxons in Britain, which rose during the five centuries before the Norman Conquest in 1066. As I mentioned in the review of Mercia, the various Saxon kingdoms rose (and fell and rose again) in Britain after the departure of the Romans from that Imperial outpost. The Saxons, Angles, and the Jutes raided and then invaded from the continent, mostly in search of food and then land, and they supplanted the native Briton and Celtic tribal areas.

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  • 02-16-22

Great information but read too fast

This book is incredibly insightful but looses points where it has been read too fast. The information is very detailed.

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  • emrys
  • 09-23-20

Interesting.

A book filled with a lot of information portrayed in an interesting manner. A brilliant narrator made the text " live " in the right manner - i. e. the entire book became truly interesting in a way that many history books can become quite dry in performance.