This enthralling book excavates the story of an unknown man whose bones were found in an Anglo-Saxon graveyard at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. Brothers-in-law Albert, a writer, and Gething, the lead archaeologist on the dig, bring him thrillingly back to life, revealing his origins and recreating the turbulent times in which he lived, when Britain was a patchwork of competing kingdoms, riven by waves of religious fervour, scattered tribal expansion and terrible bloodshed. A riveting, brilliantly written account.
This latest contribution not only adds colour to the lives of those who may have surrounded such a king, but provides a fine insight into the archaeological community that can bring them back to life. Some of the book’s most enjoyable chapters are about the lives of eccentric excavators — such as Augustus Pitt Rivers, Brian Hope Taylor and Lewis Binford — who expanded our ability to understand what lies beneath and pass judgment on the lives of our forefathers.