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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!

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...

Aethelred the Unready

It is likely that many British schoolchildren, past and present, will recognize the name of Aethelred the Unready (if only because it’s such an...

Alfred’s Ingenious Defensive Strategy

With the treaty with the Danes concluded, Alfred could have taken great pride in his accomplishments and turned his concerns inward, there to help...

The Pictish Connection in Arthurian History

Celtic contributions to Arthurian history were examined and found to be perhaps difficult to substantiate. Pictish connections to Arthurian history are a bit easier...

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...

First Viking Burial Site Found in England

It is common knowledge that England was populated by Vikings for a great many years. We have history books that tell us so and...

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 Found: The Belgae

The presence of the Belgae in southern Britain must have been small surprise to Julius Caesar. He had run up against them in his...

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...

Avebury Hill: More Majestic Than Stonehenge

The bulk of international attention on monolithic rings is often focused on Stonehenge; but to many people, the rings at Avebury are far more...