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!

Raedwald: East Anglian King and All-Around Kingmaker

The Kingdom of East Anglia, it has been noted, was begun about 520 by the warlord Wuffa, who was succeeded by his son Tyttla...

Religion in Ancient Britain: Cauldron Beneath the Surface

Ancient Britain was a melting pot of peoples and ways of life. The natives were mostly Celts who had migrated across the Channel from...

Offa’s Dyke: Moving Earth and Earth

Along about 784, Offa, King of Mercia, decided that he had had enough of the Celtic invasions from Wales. Cant really blame him, really....

Battle of Hastings, part 2

Odd things happen during battle, and the Battle of Hastings was no exception. In fact, the battle was full of odd occurrences, including the...

Edwin’s Lasting Legacy

In the previous article, we have seen how ambition got the better of Edwin, King of Northumbria. However, Edwin did leave a lasting legacy. His conversion...

Vikings: Not Ones for Written Records

With the coming of the Vikings came another age with a dearth of written records. As the Saxons before them, the Vikings didn’t believe in...

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...