The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Illustrated and Annotated

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is one of the most important sets of historical documents concerning the history of the British Isles. Without these vital accounts we would have virtually no knowledge of some of the key events in the history of these islands during the dark ages and it would be impossible to write the history of the English from the Romans to the Norman Conquest. The history it tells is not only that witnessed by its compilers, but also that recorded by earlier annalists, whose work is in many cases preserved nowhere else.

The term chronicle is slightly misleading as there is no single master text. At present there are nine known versions or fragments of the original "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" in existence. All of the extant versions vary (sometimes greatly) in content and quality, and crucially all of the surviving manuscripts are copies, so it is not known for certain where or when the first version of the Chronicle was composed. However, it is now generally agreed that the original version was written in the late 9th century by a scribe in Wessex.

The translation that has been used for this electronic version is not a translation of any one Chronicle; rather, it is a conflation of readings from many different versions containing primarily the translation of Rev. James Ingram from 1828. The footnotes are all those of Rev. Ingram and are supplied for the sake of completeness. Modern readers should approach those notes with extreme care. In many cases the views expressed by Rev. Ingram are long out of date, having been superseded by almost 175 years of active scholarship. At best, these notes will provide a starting point for inquiry. They should not, however, be treated as authoritative.

This ebook also includes the complete Parker Manuscript.

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