Category Archives: Landscape

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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Flora Britannica

On a recent trip to England, I discovered a marvellous book: Richard Mabey’sĀ Flora Britannica (Chatto & Windus, London, 1996). This is not a dry encyclopaedia of plant descriptions but rather a wonderful social history of human relationships with the plant … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Transportation Routes

My current writing problem is that I somehow need to transport a small group of major characters from West Wales to East Anglia in the year 635. This throws up multiple logistical problems, not the least of which is that … 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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Hedgerow Food

Last weekend, whilst staying with friends, I stumbled upon a book that I haven’t read for many years: George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air. I remember it fondly as being about a return to childhood locations and finding that everything … Continue reading

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Wanted: Fresh Words Daily

I came back from a trip to Europe hoping that I could finish all the final details of the novel before Christmas, but that now looks increasingly unlikely, because it is JUST TOO SHORT. I have been in denial about … Continue reading

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Location, location, location

She cried, channeling some estate agent or other. I gave a brief extract of the novel to one of my friends to read and she said she needed a map. Ho hum. So I suppose I will have to draw … Continue reading

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Inventing the Seventh Century

This week, I have beenĀ  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

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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

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Secondary sources for early medieval Wales

Even the briefest stint of Googling will alert anyone browsing for the early medieval history of the British Isles to the sad fact that: while there are umpteen sources for Anglo-Saxon England (good, good), quite a few that focus on … Continue reading

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