Saint Edmund of the East Angles

The validity of the legend concerning the fate of King Edmund of the East Angles is explored in The Royal Saints of Anglo-Saxon England – A Study of West Saxon and East Anglian Cults, a 1988 publication of the Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. The book...

865 or 866

Very many academics and others have taken to dating the arrival of the so-called Great Army of Danes in East Anglia as 865. Yet the ‘Parker’, or Winchester copy of the Chronicle, states that they arrived in 866. For those who are confused by this...

Sailmaking Viking Queen

Modern heavy weather sails are made of Kevlar – or something like it. Studies in Norway have indicated that the ninth century viking sailors used sails made mainly of wool – maybe with some hemp fibres. This makes absolute sense; arable land in the region would have...

Torksey, Repton and the Trent

The 26 ha Danish winter camp at Torksey has been a remarkable find of the last few years. Numismatic evidence date the occupation at 872/3 – which coincides with the record in the AS Chronicle. Speculation abounds on the population that such a large site could...

The Knowledge Straightjacket

Few people outside the professions are challenging the prevailing attitudes among historians and archaeologists. Consequently we are becoming increasingly constrained by their knowledge straightjacket. In actual fact, the professions are very young (I discount the...
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