Monthly Archives: June 2012

Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Agriculture

I have just finished reading Landscape Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England, edited by Nicholas Higham and Martin Ryan (Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2010) and this blog is by way of trying to think through some of the issues raised by the many … Continue reading

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Thank Heaven for Heavenfield

This is by way of being a PS to last week’s posts. Firstly, re the importance of male heirs: for those of you interested in reading something by somebody who knows what they are talking about, I should have put … Continue reading

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The rest of the Prologue

Georgia and Charlotte were kind enough to say that they enjoyed the first part of the prologue, so here is the rest, just for them: … Twelve new shield companions returned with Edwin and his old friends. That winter they … Continue reading

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Secondary sources for early medieval Wales

Even the briefest stint of Googling will alert anyone browsing for the early medieval history of the British Isles to the sad fact that: while there are umpteen sources for Anglo-Saxon England (good, good), quite a few that focus on … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Male Heirs

  I have just returned from a long weekend more-or-less marooned on Wilson Island. This is a sub-tropical mini-island in the Great Barrier reef, about 21/2 hours by fast boat from Gladstone, Queensland. On the plus side, the snorkeling was … Continue reading

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