Category Archives: Original sources

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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Women in the Seventh Century

In response to Michelle’s comment on my last post, I thought I would give special prominence to a link that she provided to a late seventh-century Irish law code. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/CainAdamnain.asp Reading through this is a particularly powerful way of glimpsing … Continue reading

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Beyond the Gododdin

I have just finished reading a rather thought-provoking collection of essays entitled: Beyond the Gododdin, Dark Age Scotland in Medieval Wales. (ed Alex Woolf, St Andrews 2013, proceedings of a day conference held on 19th February 2005). The Gododdin is … Continue reading

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Inventing a Seventh-Century Welsh Court

Or: Playing fast and Loose with the Laws of Court of Hywel Dda. Hywel Dda (the Good) lived from 880-950 and the laws associated with his name were presumably written some time in the first half of the tenth century. … Continue reading

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Deniseburn/Heavenfield

I have been wrestling with a problem of dating, which may be associated with the translation of Bede that I am using. (Leo Sherley-Price A History of the English Church and People, 1955, revised R. E. Latham 1968, Penguin Classics.) … Continue reading

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Travels in Northumbria and Elmet, Part 1

Well, we are back, and I have finally caught up with the washing, so it is time to note what I found on my travels through some of the countryside that features in the book about the murder of St … Continue reading

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St Gildas’ day

The best source I have found for a free download of Gildas’ works is Fordham University, ( http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/gildas-full.asp ) I thought it appropriate on St Gildas’ Day to write something about the Welsh parts of my story. My inspiration is … 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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Yule/Nadolig

At this festive time of the year, I have been wandering around the internet looking for ideas as to how this season may have been celebrated in the seventh century. As you might expect, evidence is in short supply, but … Continue reading

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Women and Land Ownership

As so often seems to be the case, our sources for women’s rights in Anglo-Saxon England are very much better than our sources for women’s rights in early medieval Wales. However, there are some law codes to draw upon for … Continue reading

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