Tag Archive: Anglo-Saxon

Solar eclipses and the middle ages

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Dr Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading’s Department of History examines what solar eclipses meant to our ancestors. Looking forward to the solar eclipse? I am and I suspect much of the UK is too. Scientists in particular are chomping at the bit to record this once in a generation event, especially here at…

Medieval Manuscripts Are a DNA Smorgasbord

York-Gospels

In 2010, bioarchaeologist Matthew Collins of the University of Copenhagen and his colleagues realized that the parchment used in medieval manuscripts, which is made of scraped and stretched animal skins, was actually a repository of information about the history of domestic animals in Europe. Chris Baraniuk at New Scientist reports that Collins and his team…

The Warrior Queen By Joanna Arman

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Æthelflæd, the Lady of the Mercians is a little known figure in early Medieval history who is starting to get her due. The daughter of Alfred the Great and ruler of Mercia she helped defeat the Danes and bring about a unified England. In a new biography Joanna Arman chronicles the life Æthelflæd from her…

Saxon workshop evidence found by amateur archaeologists in Somerset

Saxon Forge

Amateur archaeologists have unearthed what is believed to be a Saxon workshop in a dig in Somerset. The foundations were uncovered along with a large Norman building at an undisclosed location on the Mendip Hills. Saxon keys and a 13th Century jug were also among the finds. Project leader Pip Osborne, said: “There’s no written…

Workmen uncover Hartlepool Anglo-Saxon burial site while rebuilding a wall

Anglo-Saxon Hartlepool

An exciting historic find has been made on the Headland after workmen rebuilding a wall came across an Anglo-Saxon burial site. Remains of at least six people and the corner of a building believed to date back almost 1,400 years have been uncovered by archaeologists in an alley behind Gladstone Street. They are believed to…

Coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history

Anglo-Saxon Hoard

The Anglo-Saxon coins are said to point to some sort of an alliance in the 870s between Alfred the Great and a rival. Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field. James Mather made the discovery…

Anglo Saxon gold from a Leeds field goes on display

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A spectacular hoard of Anglo Saxon gold unearthed by a metal detectorist in a Leeds field will take pride of place in a new specially created digital exhibition this week. The gold will be housed in new bespoke cases and mounts, with new interpretation panels and a touchscreen display that will allow visitors to examine…

Bernard Cornwell’s ‘The Last Kingdom’ premieres in October!

The Last Kingdom

Adapted for TV, The Last Kingdom, the first novel in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell finally gets a premiere date! BBC America announced the show will air on Saturday, 10 October 2015. (Check your local listings for times) The good news for us here in the States is the show will premiere on BBC…

Carbon dating reveals ‘fantastic Saxon find’ at Stafford rail development

Viking Butter Churn

Archaeologists have discovered that a wooden butter churn lid unearthed at a major rail development near Stafford is from the Saxon period following scientific tests. Evidence of prehistoric activity had already been uncovered in the same area of the site near Norton Bridge and archaeologists believed the butter churn could be from the same period….

Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Marginalia

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Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh. “The Black Book of Carmarthen,” dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. “It’s easy to think…

BBC goes for Game of Thrones audience with new Saxon vs Viking drama

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Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling Saxon Stories are to be adapted for television as the BBC makes a play for the Game of Thrones audience. The BBC Two drama, The Last Kingdom, is billed as “a show full of heroic deeds and epic battles” that embraces “politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for…

MAP#55: Bernard Cornwell Interview – The Empty Throne

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Few authors can capture the atmosphere of the middle ages as well as Bernard Cornwell. A master storyteller Bernard has written over 50 books! I first discovered Bernard Cornwell in the early 2000s when I was browsing at a local bookstore. A book titled The Archer’s Tale caught my attention and the main character was…

£78,000 For Anglo Saxon Coin, Could it Solve an Anglo-Saxon Murder?

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A rare silver coin has sold for £78,000 at auction, and experts claim its discovery could provide a clue to the gruesome murder of an Anglo-Saxon king 1,200 years ago. The coin was struck in the reign of East Anglian ruler Aethelbert II and describes him as king – the only time this title has…

Anglo Saxon Map of London

Anglo saxon London map

Look around any map of London and you’ll find the echoes of long-forgotten individuals. Cena, Padda, Fulla… ancient farmers who had no idea their names would live on down the centuries as Kennington, Paddington and Fulham. Could the dairyman whose cheese farm (Ces wican) once graced the banks of the Thames have conceived that his…

Mapping Miracles: Cambridge project on Medieval hagiography

St George

Saints and miracles in today’s Church are connected through the canonization process. Usually, for a person to be beatified, and then canonized, a miracle by their intercession must be verified. But this saint-miracle connection is older than the process of canonization, and the stories of saints from the earliest times are often accompanied by tales…