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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!

Three Overlords of England: A Study in Political Geography

With the ascending of Egbert to the overlordship, or owner of the title Bretwalda, we can now do a historical analysis of the kingdoms...

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...

The Battle of Hastings, Prelude

It can be said that Harold’s triumph over Harald and the Norwegian invasion force was a tremendous victory. It can be said that the...

Hoarding: A Bronze Age Conundrum

The Agricultural Revolution was already a century old when the Bronze Age began. Bronze tools helped further farming efforts. Remains of agriculture implements and...

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...

What the Romans Left Behind: The Baths

One of the main points of focus in Roman life was the bath. The Romans bathed fully only once a week. But because their...

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...

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...

The Danelaw (Or, How to Gain on Your Neighbors While Claiming to Protect Them)

Alfred’s victory at Edington gave him a unique position. He was quite a success on the battlefield, and he had routed the seemingly invincible...

The Significance of the Hill-Fort: Economic

We have seen earlier how the hill-forts of ancient Britain provided the military chieftains of the time with excellent defensive and reconnaissance capabilities. Now,...