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!

Eadred: Controlled Rage in a King

After Edmund came his brother Eadred, king of Wessex and acknowledged as overlord of Mercia, the Danelaw, and Northumbria. For having such a powerful...

Offa a Muslim? What Does This Question Really Tell Us?

It has been suggested that King Offa of Mercia, he who held sway for 40 years and had built the huge Offa’s Dyke to keep...

Egbert: First King of All English

After the death of Offa, Egbert, Wessex Warlord Extraordinaire, was free to resume his campaign to rule all of England. Egbert had gone into exile...

Ethelbald: First Great King of Mercia

So much has been said recently about Northumbria. Let us turn for awhile to the lands south of the Humber River: Southumbria, if you...

Mount Badon: The Importance of the High Ground

It doesn’t really matter what Mount Badon really was for the purposes of this discussion. Rather, it matters what it was. Mount Badon was a...

Athelstan the Great?

With each successive generation after Alfred, it seemed, the monarch was not as great. Edward, Alfred’s son, came close. His son, Athelstan, was not...

What the Romans Found: The Celts

The Romans must have felt quite a bit of historical deja vu when they crossed the Channel en masse and discovered that the British...

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...

Bronze Age Cremation Pits Discovered

Sometimes, archaelogists have to wait to deliver good news. Theories are all well and good, but results are needed to back them up. Well,...

The Pictish Connection in Arthurian History

Celtic contributions to Arthurian history were examined and found to be perhaps difficult to substantiate. Pictish connections to Arthurian history are a bit easier...