The purpose of this book is to explore the development of English society during the 200 years AD 500-700 following the migrations of Germanic settlers to the British Isles. The aim is to bridge the gap between the work of specialists whose significance to a general understanding may seem obscure, and generalised accounts that may seem remote from the data. To achieve this we shall be drawing upon the products of archaeologists’ research mostly carried out during the present century. The desire to understand the development of early AngloSaxon society as a specific contribution to the more general study of past human behaviour has only emerged in recent years.