Category Archives: Anglo-Saxon Settlement

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

Posted in Ancient Welsh History, Anglo-Saxon History, Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Elmet, Ethnogenesis | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Anglo-Saxon History, Anglo-Saxon Settlement | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Ethnogenesis | Leave a comment

East Anglia in Spring

I am currently visiting family in England and over the weekend, we drove to Suffolk and stayed in Woodbridge, just across the River Deben from Sutton Hoo. It was my first visit to the site and although I found the … Continue reading

Posted in Anglo-Saxon Settlement | Tagged | Leave a comment

Preface

Just before Christmas, I did something very bold. I gave the text to somebody to read. Their verdict was, on the whole, not too bad, although they were confused by the Anglo-Saxon and Brythonic names ( I hope I am … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Welsh History, Anglo-Saxon History, Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Early Christianity, Elmet, Ethnogenesis, Historical characters, Murder, Original sources | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Inventing the Seventh Century

This week, I have been¬† reading Chris Wickham’s Framing the Early Middle Ages, Europe and the Mediterranean 400-800 (OUP 2005). I have only got to chapter 8 so far. (It is a very thick book with 12 long chapters, nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Welsh History, Anglo-Saxon History, Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Early Christianity, Landscape, Seventh-century agriculture | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Anglo-Saxon History, Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Landscape, Seasons, Seventh-century agriculture | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

More Thoughts on Ethnogenesis in 6th/ 7th Century Britain

I have been re-reading Heinrich Harke’s recent article (‘Anglo-Saxon Immigration and Ethnogenesis,’ Medieval Archaeology, 55, 2011) and thinking about the issues that it raises. Harke suggests that recent DNA analysis has shifted the story somewhat, back to a rather larger … Continue reading

Posted in Anglo-Saxon History, Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Ethnogenesis, Original sources | Leave a comment

Anglo-Saxons and Brythons

As the first draft of the novel comes to a close, I have been musing again on why I began on this story, more years ago than I care to remember. It was during the war in Bosnia, when a … Continue reading

Posted in Anglo-Saxon History, Anglo-Saxon Settlement, Ethnogenesis | Tagged | Leave a comment