Category Archives: Anglo-Saxon History

Sixth and Seventh-Century Welsh Saints

The heyday of the early Celtic saints was the sixth century, but a few were also active in the early seventh century. There are several sources of information on their lives, all of them problematic from the point of view … Continue reading

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Bede’s legacy and the real games of thrones

I have just finished reading Annie Whitehead’s historical novel: Cometh the Hour. This is not a long book but all the same, it has the scope of saga. It deals with the seventh-century life and death of King Penda of … Continue reading

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Review of Death in Elmet

There is a lovely review of Death in Elmet on Kindle: ‘Well done mystery history. I enjoyed the characters and their eventual successful interactions. Good development of story line and conclusion.’ https://www.amazon.com/Death-Elmet-Medieval-Mystery-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B075ZNPCLH/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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The Nature of the Anglo-Saxon Conquest of Britain

This post represents further musings on a topic that has interested me for many years. It was prompted by the posting of a couple of articles on a Facebook group – Anglo-Saxon History and Language – by Steve Sholl. The … Continue reading

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Book 1 Published

Book 1 of the Kith and Kin Trilogy is now available to download from Amazon Kindle. It seems to be easier to find under the title: Death in Elmet https://www.amazon.com/Death-Elmet-Medieval-Mystery-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B075ZNPCLH/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 than under my name Sally Wilde Kindle’s guide to self-publishing … Continue reading

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Death in Elmet

Well, the trilogy (Kith and Kin) about the life and loves of Godgifu of Deira is moving along. Book 1 (Death in Elmet) has been finished for some time, but I was waiting until I had completed Book 2 before … Continue reading

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Geographical perspectives

I am in the middle of reading a biography of Oswald of Northumbria (otherwise known as St Oswald or Oswald Whiteblade): Max Adams, The King in the North, The life and times of Oswald of Northumbria, (Head of Zeus, 2013). … Continue reading

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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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