Friday, October 30, 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!

Ethelred: Kingly Conversion to the Monastery

It seems odd to us today that a powerful leader would leave all of his wealth, power, and prestige behind and retire to a...

Harald Harefoot and Hardacanute: The End of the Danish Line

By the time that Canute died, the people of England were tired. They were tired of fighting. They were tired of conquest. They were...

Heavenly Happenings in Anglo-Saxon Times

The Saxons, it would seem, at least the chroniclers who have given us the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, were mindful of strange happenings in the heavens. The...

Archaeology: Key to Understanding Ancient Britain

Germanic invaders were commonly lumped together as Saxons in early accounts of the invasions-migrations, but the Angles and Jutes were well represented. They were,...

What the Romans Left Behind: Hadrian’s Wall

The Roman emperor Hadrian decided that a wall needed to be built to keep the marauding barbarians at bay for good. The Roman conquest...

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...

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...

Aelle: First of the Great Saxon Kings

When the dust settled after the Battle of Badon Hill, the Saxon migrations had stopped but the Saxon presence in Britain had not evaporated. The...

In Most of Arthurian Lore, Women Get a Bad Rap

The traditional treatment of women in the Arthurian saga is interesting to note in its severity. Guinevere is an adulteress, Morgan Le Fay is...

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...