Category Archives: Seventh-century agriculture

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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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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Apples and Beor

It is just about spring in tropical south-east Queensland and my apple tree is in blossom.   I am more than a little confused about what sort of apples were available in seventh-century Britain. Ann Hagen, in her book on … Continue reading

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Agricultural surplus and how to store it, or the seventh-century bloke (and woman) and their shed

In her recent blog, Marion Diamond wrote about the importance of potatoes: http://learnearnandreturn.wordpress.com/ In it, she makes a very important point about storing surplus food. Under European conditions, potatoes don’t store very well. They sprout if kept cool and dry … 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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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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