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!

The Beginning of the Dane-Norse Invasions

It has been mentioned that the first Viking raiders appeared on the shores of Britannia in 787. Now whether this is really the date...

Where is Arthur? Camlann and Beyond

In all of this talk of the Heptarchy and the ascendancy of the Roman Church, we have seen precious little of the Welsh and...

Ancient Festivals of the Celts

The new year began with the festival of Samhain. (Actually, it should be said here that the Celtic year was based on farming patterns...

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...

Julius Caesar: The Roman Who “Invaded” Britain

The world that Julius Caesar found when he arrived in Britain in 55 B.C. was an evolving landscape full of continental influences. The farms were...

What the Romans Found: The Picts

One of the chief threats to Roman occupation of Britannia was the continued presence of the Picts, an ancient people who lived in what...

Columba and the Loch Ness Monster

With news that a scientist thinks the Loch Ness Monster is nothing more than hot air, it is time to reexamine the origins of...

Far-sighted Romans, Short-sighted Britons

In the second and third centuries, Roman Empire trade with Britannia was increasingly ravaged by seaborne pirates the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, all of...

Badon Hill: The Importance of Defending Bath

One of the chief mysteries of the story of King Arthur is where the famous Battle of Badon Hill was. Was it at Badon?...

Glastonbury Abbey: Christian Beginnings in Wessex

The name Glastonbury is associated with the Arthurian tradition in several ways. Most famously, Glastonbury is said to have been Avalon, the “apple isle,”...