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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!

Battle of Hastings, The Finale

The Battle of Hastings had raged on for most of the day, and Harold and the Saxon defenders still held the high ground, despite...

Alfred: Bringer of Knowledge

Alfred was a warrior king, and a brilliant one at that, but he was also a learned king, one who cared very much about...

Stonehenge Is Still a Mystery

Stonehenge. Why was it built? Does anyone really know? Various theories have been put forth through the years. Some people have thought that the stones...

Where is Arthur? Camlann and Beyond

In all of this talk of the Heptarchy and the ascendancy of the Roman Church, we have seen precious little of the Welsh and...

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...

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...

A Curious Adherence to Hereditary Right

Arthur was barely a teen. He certainly was not a warrior. Yet he was king. Why? Forget the story of the Sword in the Stone...

Julius Caesar: The Roman Who “Invaded” Britain

The world that Julius Caesar found when he arrived in Britain in 55 B.C. was an evolving landscape full of continental influences. The farms were...

Harold and the Beginning of the End

With the accomplishments and death of Edward the Confessor, the final piece of the puzzle that is the Norman Conquest is now ready to...

Bronze Age Cremation Pits Discovered

Sometimes, archaelogists have to wait to deliver good news. Theories are all well and good, but results are needed to back them up. Well,...