Category Archives: Anglo-Saxon History

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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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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St Guthlac and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

This is not the sort of thing that I normally write about. Indeed, I am about to wax rather ahistorical; not me at all. However, three things came together last night and the thought that they fired off in my … Continue reading

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Layered Lives, or thoughts from Hong Kong

Sarah Woodbury, the author of the Gareth and Gwen series of detective novels set in medieval Wales, has chosen for Gareth to be given land on Anglesey in exactly the site where I open the first book of my trilogy. … Continue reading

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