An Age of Tyrants; Britain and the Britons, A.D. 400-600 (1998) by Christopher A. Snyder

   Snyder provides a thorough survey and evaluation of the documentary and archaeological evidence for the Fifth and Sixth Centuries in Britain, the dark period of Arthurian British history, lying between the Roman and Anglo-Saxon times.
   Snyder intentionally covers only with those surviving documents that are contemporary to the period including St. Patrick, Gildas, and the Life of Saint Germanus, while carefully ignoring those that were written later and were compilations of earlier lost or oral histories and stories such as Bede and Nennius, and chronicles such as the Annales Cambriae and Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. By so doing, he hopes to avoid the controversial questions about the historical Arthur. The book provides insight into this period of great changes and upheaval, showing how Roman political and social institutions and concepts evolved to deal with these new threats. The book is not as grand a scope as Alcock's Arthur’s Britain, but is still a valuable addition to studies of this period.

An Age of Tyrants: Britain and the Britons, A.D. 400-600, Christopher A. Snyder, Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt); June 1998, ISBN: 0271017422 Hardcover

An Age of Tyrants: Britain and the Britons, A.D. 400-600, Christopher A. Snyder, Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Trd); June 1998, ISBN: 0271017805 Paperback - 320 pages

Other books by Snyder: A Gazetteer of Sub-Roman Britain (A.D. 400-600): The British Sites