Category Archives: Early Christianity

Power in Medieval Gwynedd

I have just finished working my way through three books on medieval Wales, two of them about Gwynedd. The most general is Celtic Christianity in Early Medieval Wales by Oliver Davies (University of Wales Press 1996). Essentially, if I understand … 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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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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St Oswald’s Bones

I have just finished reading The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell. Among other things, the plot covers Cornwell’s version of the removal of St Oswald’s bones from a grave somewhere south of Lincoln, to form part of the Christian armamentarium … Continue reading

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Sex, Violence and the Seventh Century – oh, and Slavery

Recently, I read a review of Slaves and Warriors in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200 by David Wyatt (Leiben and Boston, Brill, 2009). The review was by Richard Marsden and published in issue five of the Kelvingrove Review. I have … Continue reading

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Review of Hild

I have just finished reading Nicola Griffith’s novel about the early life of St Hilda of Whitby. It is quite marvelous and I am sooo jealous that she can write like that and I can’t. Nicola creates an entirely believable … Continue reading

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Hilda’s birth

I have been getting some interesting comments from Robin Goodfellow on the birth of St Hilda, so I thought I would put them all together here and invite comments from the experts – i.e. not me! Robin wrote: “… We … Continue reading

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