Britannia – the failed state: Part 5 – Anglo-Saxon settlement and British tribal areas

The Anglo-Saxon settlement stories for Kent, Sussex and Wessex have too much in common to ring entirely true. Nevertheless, a wholesale rejection of them might still be unwise. Kent According to Gildas the British invited the Germanic tribes in to help them with raiders from the North. It has long been assumed that these were …

Britannia – the failed state – Part 4: Ethnic conflict, financial meltdown and the last years of Roman Britain

Ethnic conflict, financial meltdown and the last years of Roman Britain Sometime around 370 there was a marked change in Roman Britain’s economic indicators. This is most obvious in what had been one of the most prosperous areas: the region immediately to the south of Cirencester. There was a sudden rush of coin hoarding in …

The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria – Max Adams

Like a blazing torch thrust deep back into the Dark Ages of the seventh century I read this book immediately after having completed Adams’ book on AElfred’s Britain. That book took me months to get into. It sat around for months with 100 pages read. Then, I read the remainder in a matter of little …

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