Category Archives: Elmet

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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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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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

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Taliesin and Aneirin

The names of a number of sixth- and seventh-century bards have come down to us, as have a number of poems in Brythonic/Old Welsh. But so far as I am aware, the link between poet and poem has only reliably … Continue reading

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The rest of the Prologue

Georgia and Charlotte were kind enough to say that they enjoyed the first part of the prologue, so here is the rest, just for them: … Twelve new shield companions returned with Edwin and his old friends. That winter they … Continue reading

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Cadwallon mab Cadfan or Catguollaun mab Guitcun?

I should say before I begin that my partner thinks my concern with this issue is silly. ‘It’s a novel, he says; stop being such an historian, he says; just make it up.’ The trouble is, I can’t – make … Continue reading

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Spring in Elmet

One of the things that I am trying to do in this novel is to provide some sense of the Anglo-Saxon/Brythonic year. By this I mean not only what is happening in the natural world as the seasons change, but … Continue reading

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Did Breguswith Kill Hereric?

The story that I am writing concerns a real murder, which took place in the early 7th century in the British kingdom of Elmet. This murder is unusual (the whole genre of crime fiction notwithstanding) because we don’t know who … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Seventh Century

Who killed Hereric of Deira in Elmet? These pages will contain the musings of a retired historian. Having spent my working life researching and writing the history of medicine, mainly in the twentieth century, I am now indulging myself by … Continue reading

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