Author Archives: Sally

More thoughts on Britons and Angles and Saxons in the 6th century

Two pieces of work have helped move my thoughts along on this. The first is Caitlin Green’s Oxford DPhil (2011) on Anglian/British interactions in the Lincoln region. (Find it under Thomas Green). Her 2012 book is called Britons and Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading

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The Chilternsaete, Angles, Saxons and Britons

An ancient British kingdom in the Chilterns? Well, maybe. I have just finished reading Rutherford-Davis’ 1982 study entitled Britons and Saxons, The Chiltern Region 400-700 (Phillimore and Co Ltd, Sussex). I am not in a position to pass judgment on … Continue reading

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The Fen Causeway

I am currently considering the problem of the route taken by Penda of Mercia when he killed the kings of the East Angles in about 635. So far as I can tell, the Icknield Way was well defended by a … Continue reading

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Hunting Italian Uncial

I have reached the point where I am preparing book 1 of my trilogy (Kith and Kin) for publication on Kindle. (Book 1 is called Death in Elmet, A Medieval Murder Mystery) As a part of this, I have been working … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Social Identity in Early Modern Britain

Overall, this is a very useful volume but as I continued reading, my enthusiasm did wane somewhat. I am not sure that the debate about identity was moved along very much, but what did emerge was the idea of individual … Continue reading

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Bretwaldas and Alex Woolf

This post continues my musings on the volume: Social Identity in Early Medieval Britain. Chapter 5 is an essay by Alex Woolf entitled ‘Community, Identity and Kingship in Early England.’ The first half of the chapter is devoted to ideas … Continue reading

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Mentalite and Writing About Early Modern Britain

I have just discovered a fascinating book: Social Identity in Early Modern Britain, (William O. Frazer and Andrew Tyrrell, eds, Leicester University Press, 2000). This is a collection of essays by some of my favourite scholars in the field (including Alex … Continue reading

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Penda’s Sisters; Cynegils’ Daughters

  I am currently writing about what must surely have been a very interesting meeting in the year 635. This was the year when Bishop Birinus baptised King Cynegils of Wessex/ the Gewisse in the River Thames near what is … Continue reading

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Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire

I have just returned from a trip to England, checking out locations for Book 2 of the Kith and Kin trilogy. Part of the action takes place in Dorchester on Thames in 635, when King Cynegils of the West Saxons, … Continue reading

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Did Bede Get it Wrong?

I am currently trying to write a chapter set in East Anglia in the year 635 and this has set me musing on what happened next. The big picture is that East Anglia was under repeated attack from the Mercians led … Continue reading

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