Saturday, September 25, 2021

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!

Glastonbury: More Christian “Borrowing”

The abbey at Glastonbury and the inclusion of the Tor as a whole into the Arthurian tradition is yet another example of the Christian...

Eadgar: The Last Happy King?

In 957, in the middle of the reign of King Eadwig of Wessex, Eadgar became King of Mercia and Northumbria. The two were brothers,...

Paulinus: Deliverer of Northumbria

How a Marriage Brought Christianity to Northumbria The giant kingdom of Northumbria had been getting by just fine on paganism for hundreds of years. Gods...

From Hastings to Crowning

History is not often simple and rarely complete. It is tempting to look back on the days of that October campaign in 1066 and...

Three Overlords of England: A Study in Political Geography

With the ascending of Egbert to the overlordship, or owner of the title Bretwalda, we can now do a historical analysis of the kingdoms...

The First Viking Landings in Britain

A.D. 787. This year King Bertric took Edburga the daughter of Offa to wife. And in his days came first three ships of the...

A King Is Burnt to Death: What Caused It?

A curious entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from 687 spurs this question: When is a king not in charge of his kingdom? The entry in...