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Ancient British History

Welcome to the fascinating and mist-shrouded world of Ancient British History. The historian's task is frustrating but exhilarating, deciphering old manuscripts, exploring Roman ruins, and following the trail of the elusive King Arthur. All these things are found herein--the columns explore Britain from the Bronze Age to the Norman Conquest. Come on and in and enjoy!

Cadbury: Was It Camelot?

It has been put forward that Camelot as the romance authors would have us fancy it did not exist, at least not for Arthur....

The Arthurian saga: fairy tale, folktale, mystery, morality play

I think the Arthurian story still fascinates so many people because it has all the good elements of a fairy tale, a folktale, a...

The Trojan War: Another Look

So says Iman Wilkens in his wonderfully entertaining historical expose Where Troy Once Stood. Wilkens says that Troy was in England and that Mycenae...

The Odyssey: Adventure Story or Coded Message?

And as equally astounding to historians and traditionalists as Wilkens’s placing of the Trojan War in England is his assertion that the Odyssey does...

Hoarding: A Bronze Age Conundrum

The Agricultural Revolution was already a century old when the Bronze Age began. Bronze tools helped further farming efforts. Remains of agriculture implements and...

Ethelbald: First Great King of Mercia

So much has been said recently about Northumbria. Let us turn for awhile to the lands south of the Humber River: Southumbria, if you...

What the Romans Found: The Belgae

The presence of the Belgae in southern Britain must have been small surprise to Julius Caesar. He had run up against them in his...

What the Romans Left Behind: Arthur?

Was Arthur a Roman? It is certainly one of the most vexing questions simply because it can be easily and pleasantly answered both yes...

The Significance of the Hill-Fort: Military

Dotting the landscape of late Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain were the hill-forts, those bastions of defense, commerce, and society that helped define...

The Significance of the Hill-Fort: Social

The hill-fort of ancient Britain gave the chieftain military and economic advantages, as has been seen. The third advantage was social. The physicality of the...
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