‘Anglo-Saxon’ England – An Introduction

The 'Anglo-Saxons' inhabited what would become England following the fall of Rome, from c.410 up until the invasion of the Normans in 1066. Their lives covered some momentous social changes - the widescale (re?)adoption of Christianity, the emergence of an idea of 'England', invasion and occupation by the 'Vikings' and finally the introduction of feudalism. … Continue reading ‘Anglo-Saxon’ England – An Introduction

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Herman ‘the Crippled’ – Early Medieval Disability

This week, I want to take a quick look at Herman Contractus (elsewhere Hermann of Reichenau). An eleventh-century German Benedictine monk, Herman is the subject of Berthold of Reichenau’s Chronicle, the author of his own chronicle, and an impressive portfolio of music. Despite his contributions, Herman is most remarkable for his Medieval Latin nickname contractus. … Continue reading Herman ‘the Crippled’ – Early Medieval Disability

England’s Immigrants Database (1330-1550)

England has always been a country built on immigration, from the Romans to the 'Anglo-Saxons' and the Vikings. The England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 database provides an amazing way to visualise and explore the practical bottom-up evidence for this in later medieval period, and is available here: https://www.englandsimmigrants.com/ This resource has painstakingly combed through a wide range … Continue reading England’s Immigrants Database (1330-1550)

River Kings by Cat Jarman: A Review

Cat Jarman's new book River Kings is a huge triumph, not only for the study of the Vikings in England more broadly, but for the accessibility of the archaeological method, and the outstanding uses it can be put to. #ComissionsEarned (This post includes Amazon Affiliate links) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying … Continue reading River Kings by Cat Jarman: A Review

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Deconstructing the Echo Chamber – why arguing with the ridiculous is important

In my line of study, you end up coming across a broad range of very unpalatable opinions. The 'Anglo-Saxons' and 'Vikings' are tied up within a toxic popular imagination of Nationalism and White Supremacy, built partially on deliberate misinterpretation of history and mythology. Archaeology has been misused for political aims for centuries, and I have … Continue reading Deconstructing the Echo Chamber – why arguing with the ridiculous is important

The Prittlewell Prince

Introduction Archaeology is about much more than treasure-hunting but, inevitably, popular attention tends to be drawn towards rich and magnificent finds. Within an early medieval context, the 'Princely' burials of the Mid Saxon period are particularly notable in this context. The Sutton Hoo Mound 1 ship-burial is deservedly famous and the most impressive example, but … Continue reading The Prittlewell Prince