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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!

Vikings: Not Ones for Written Records

With the coming of the Vikings came another age with a dearth of written records. As the Saxons before them, the Vikings didn’t believe in...

Nennius and Arthur’s 12 Battles

Sometime in the 9th century (most scholars say c. 830), a monk named Nennius wrote the Historia Brittonum. This History of the Britons goes...

Christianity in Kent: Not Exactly an Inquisition

Augustine (not the famous one but a namesake) arrived in Kent in 597. He and 30 other monks were sent by Pope Gregory I...

The Sword in the Stone: An Error in Translation?

Where have we heard this before? One word changed by a translator down through the years has made a legend out of what quite...

Alcuin: Saxon Scholar of the First Order

Many historians breathlessly proclaim the Venerable Bede as the greatest mind of his generation. This may very well have been true. However, Alcuin (just...

Hild: The Power of One Woman in 7th-Century Britain

With all this talk of famous men being moneymakers and policy-shakers, it is easy to overlook famous women in British history. Such will not...

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...

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...

Battle of Hastings, part 2

Odd things happen during battle, and the Battle of Hastings was no exception. In fact, the battle was full of odd occurrences, including the...

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...