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Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

New Release: THE SONS OF GODWINE

Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the ...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

Calm Before the Danes: Guest Post by Annie Whitehead

It was 1984. I was in a seminar room in Kentish Town in North London and my tutor, Ann Williams, was talking to us about the 10thc anti-monastic rebellion. Ealdorman Aelfhere, one of the thr...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

King Canute and Jarl Ulf

The year was 1016 and King Edmund Ironside had just died on November 30, leaving Canute (or Knut) as reigning monarch over all of England. The Danish king was the beneficiary of  the Treaty ...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

What is Sac and Soke in Anglo-Saxon England?

Sac and Soke and their derivitives (socage, sokeman, sake, soc) are found so frequently in so many different contexts, I finally started to question whether I understood them at all. It appe...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

My review of HAROLD II: The Doomed Saxon King by Peter Rex

I’m not quite sure where I would put this volume in my own line-up of pre-conquest history books. On the one hand, it covered the issues intelligently and carefully. On the other hand, many ...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

York Before the Conquest: Guest Post by Regan Walker

Medieval York is the setting for my new novel, Rogue Knight. Today it is a prominent city in Yorkshire in the North of England. And it was before the Conquest. Though it has ancient origins,...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

My Review of The Norman Conquest of the North: The Region and Its Transformation, 1000-1135

I had to order this book direct from England, but the title fell right into the middle of my research and I am so glad I stumbled across it. It’s hard for me to believe someone went to so mu...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

The Battle of Hastings, Excerpt from HEIR TO A PROPHECY (inspired by Edward A.Freeman)

William sat astride his destrier, helmet on, iron shafted mace in hand. Above his head floated the consecrated gonfanon of the Pope, alongside his own standard. He surveyed the difficult lin...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

What is Heriot in Anglo-Saxon England?

Heriot is one of those words I didn’t notice right away in my research, probably because I didn’t know what it was. But the payment of heriot was pervasive throughout the tenth and eleventh ...
Historical Britain Blog · 1Y ago

Malcolm III and Tostig Godwineson

The friendship between Earl Tostig and King Malcolm of Scotland seems to have been largely overlooked, but it seems to me that it had a significant impact on Tostig’s career. When Tostig was...