Saturday, October 31, 2020

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!

Hild: The Power of One Woman in 7th-Century Britain

With all this talk of famous men being moneymakers and policy-shakers, it is easy to overlook famous women in British history. Such will not...

Ethelred: Kingly Conversion to the Monastery

It seems odd to us today that a powerful leader would leave all of his wealth, power, and prestige behind and retire to a...

Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People

The Venerable Bede, noted scholar at the Jarrow monastery in Northumbria, was the most learned man of his time. His knowledge of the world...

The Anglo-Saxon Kingship: A Different Sort of Succession

We sometimes take for granted the hereditary or divine right of kings, handed down to us from (we suppose) ancient times. The fact of...

A Clash of Beliefs: Religion in Anglo-Saxon Britain

Imagine if you will a loyal Saxon warrior on his knees in prayer, to the goddess of the harvest for plentiful food or to...

Columba and the Loch Ness Monster

With news that a scientist thinks the Loch Ness Monster is nothing more than hot air, it is time to reexamine the origins of...

Wergild: Anglo-Saxon Social Structure in One Word

The code of laws given to us by Ethlebert, first lord of Kent and third overlord of Saxon England, introduced the term wergild, which...

Edwin: Northumbria’s Shining Star

Northumbria was the largest of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, comprising the former lands of Bernicia and Deira. As such, it wielded more than just geographical...

Northumbria: Battleground of Christianity

An undercurrent running through all of this talk of Christianity and conversions is the two forces at work Christianizing the Island: Celtic and Roman. Pope...

Life in Anglo-Saxon England

Put yourself in the shoes of a member of a Germanic tribe living in England in the turbulent first millenium A.D. If you’re a warlord,...