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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!

Edward the Elder: Alfred’s Successful Successor

Great though he was, Alfred could not outlast the sands of time. He died in 899, with his kingdom well in hand and ready...

Silbury Hill: Ancient Mound of Mystery

Another of the great prehistoric mysteries still with us in Britain is Silbury Hill, which is situated not far from the recently mentioned Avebury. Many...

Eadgar: The Last Happy King?

In 957, in the middle of the reign of King Eadwig of Wessex, Eadgar became King of Mercia and Northumbria. The two were brothers,...

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...

A King Is Burnt to Death: What Caused It?

A curious entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from 687 spurs this question: When is a king not in charge of his kingdom? The entry in...

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...

Offa’s Dyke: Moving Earth and Earth

Along about 784, Offa, King of Mercia, decided that he had had enough of the Celtic invasions from Wales. Cant really blame him, really....

Gildas: The Monk Who Began the Historical View

With the coming of the Battle of Badon Hill we have the first of our “official” historical sources for the period of Arthur’s life:...

Druids: The Iron Rulers of the Celts

Equally close-mouthed and mysterious, the Druids were some of the most powerful people the world has ever known. They held an iron grip on...

Christmas: Resonances in Ancient Britain

Christmas in Britain is taken for granted these days, but it wasn’t so in ancient days. For one thing, the date of the birth...
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