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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!

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?...

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...

The Saxon House

Naturally, when the talk turns to life as a Saxon, one question that comes to mind is this: “What about the daily life?” Much...

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...

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,...

A True Miracle? Maybe Only in the Telling

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle has a curious entry for 797: This year the Romans cut out the tongue of Pope Leo, put out his eyes, and...

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...

Did Arthur Really Live? A Critical Look

“The fact is that there is no historical evidence about Arthur; we must reject him from our histories and, above all, from the titles...

The Lindisfarne Gospels: A 7th-Century Thing of Beauty

The world of Anglo-Saxon England was often terrible and violent. People died in the blink of an eye, as the result of a mysterious...
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