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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!

Ceorl: What’s in a Word?

When we hear the word churl today, we think of an oaf or a loathsome person, one who has little education or manners. The...

The Gododdin: Heroic Defeat and Arthur

The Germanic “settlers” were pushing the Britons ever westward and northward. The Britons were desperate, having lost their dux bellorum, Arthur. They held out....

The Saxon House

Naturally, when the talk turns to life as a Saxon, one question that comes to mind is this: “What about the daily life?” Much...

Penda: Middle Anglian Warlord Extraordinaire

One of the two men in the alliance that killed Edwin, king of Northumbria, was Penda, who later became king of Mercia. Who was...

Cadwallon: Leader of Gwynedd

The other man in the alliance against Edwin (besides Penda) was Cadwallon, king of Gwynedd. He is not to be confused with his predecessor,...

Archaeology: Key to Understanding Ancient Britain

Germanic invaders were commonly lumped together as Saxons in early accounts of the invasions-migrations, but the Angles and Jutes were well represented. They were,...

Christmas: Resonances in Ancient Britain

Christmas in Britain is taken for granted these days, but it wasn’t so in ancient days. For one thing, the date of the birth...
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