Tuesday, September 21, 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!

Edward the Elder: Alfred’s Successful Successor

Great though he was, Alfred could not outlast the sands of time. He died in 899, with his kingdom well in hand and ready...

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...

King Arthur’s Swords: Ancient Water Rites

The previous article examined hoarding and the use of weapons and such as votive offerings in the Bronze Age. This practice continued for hundreds...

Caratacus: The Roman Enemy Who Survived Defeat

When is it a good idea to really know who your friend’s friends are? If your name is Caratacus, you might consider it 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...

Edward the Confessor

At last we come to the compelling character of Edward the Confessor. Recalling that Aethelred’s second wife was Emma of Normandy, we can begin...

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...

The Battle of Hastings, Prelude

It can be said that Harold’s triumph over Harald and the Norwegian invasion force was a tremendous victory. It can be said that the...

Sutton Hoo: Treasure Trove of Saxon Culture

At last we come to the famous Sutton Hoo burial site. Discovered in 1939, this burial site contains a wealth of information about Anglo-Saxon...

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...