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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...

Gildas: The Monk Who Began the Historical View

With the coming of the Battle of Badon Hill we have the first of our “official” historical sources for the period of Arthur’s life:...

The Thegn: Beholden to His King

It’s always interesting to encounter words that have changed with time. Thegn is one of those words. We now recognize this word as thane, originally...

Life in Anglo-Saxon England

Put yourself in the shoes of a member of a Germanic tribe living in England in the turbulent first millenium A.D. If you’re a warlord,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

From Ironside to Son of Ironfist

Unlike his father, Edmund had a bit of fire in his belly. Not Unready, Edmund was, by contrast, Ready to defend his newly gotten...

Paulinus: Deliverer of Northumbria

How a Marriage Brought Christianity to Northumbria The giant kingdom of Northumbria had been getting by just fine on paganism for hundreds of years. Gods...