Category Archives: Ethnogenesis

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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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

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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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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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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

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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

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