Category Archives: Seasons

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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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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England in Autumn and the Death of Edwin of Deira

I have been travelling over the last few weeks, reminding myself about what the natural world is doing at this time of year in England. According to Bede, Edwin of Northumbria’s final battle was on the 12th of October 633 … 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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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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