Thursday, May 23, 2024

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!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wergild: Anglo-Saxon Social Structure in One Word

The code of laws given to us by Ethlebert, first lord of Kent and third overlord of Saxon England, introduced the term wergild, which...

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?...