Around these tales fit intriguing glimpses into the everyday lives of the people, some dwelling in pit houses, a few in great halls like those described in Beowulf, and worshiping in Romanesque churches like the one that survives in Brixworth, founded during the reign of King Offa. There are tantalising hints of Anglo-Saxon survival. England’s shires are still roughly those established 1,000 years ago. Countless of our village names go back to Anglo-Saxon times. The English Church is governed from Canterbury because that’s where King Aethelberht welcomed the missionary St Augustine 14 centuries ago. Much of the Anglo-Saxon world was wiped out by the Normans, but as Morris’s splendid new book shows, there is plenty we can still see, and enjoy, today.