Historical Figure Profile: King Ricsige of Northumbria

Illustration of a Viking raid

Illustration of a Viking raid

So far with the Historical figure posts, we have looked at the years 858-875AD, the years concerning the reigns of those Northumbrians in power during the Viking invasions of York. We started with King Osbert, King Aelle and Archbishop Wulfhere, the last of which was the only one of the three to have survived the destruction of York. In fact, even after the death of Aelle’s successor King Egbert, and after the deaths or disappearances of King Ricsige, Ivarr the Boneless, Halfdan and Ubba (all coming in later posts), Archbishop Wulfhere still managed to hold his position as the Archbishop of York right up until the end of the century (excluding his year in exile).

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End of first week being a published Author!

Wow! It’s been a crazy few days! After 17 months of researching, writing, and a lot of editing (and freaking out after I published at finding misspelled words), The Northumbrian Saga is out in the world for everyone to enjoy. … Continue reading

The Northumbrian Saga- Free

The Northumbrian Saga is now Available on Amazon.com ($2.99) And as a special THANK YOU to everyone who has been following my blog, and has been giving me encouragement and support on my journey, THIS FRIDAY I am giving it … Continue reading

It’s the Final Countdown!

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I have a headache. My eyes are sore. My throat is sore, and i’m worried that now I have pushed that big red button (actually I think it was orange), I may relapse back into the flu from hell that I have been battling for the last week or so. But in between the coughing fits, I am smiling. I am excited. I am relieved. Because after 17 months of writing and editing, THE NORTHUMBRIAN SAGA is now PUBLISHED!!!! Continue reading

The Social World of the Anglo-Saxons: The Aethelings and the Aeldermen

Peter Whitaker is the author of the upcoming Sorrow Song Trilogy, set during the fateful years leading up to and immediately after the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Peter has several great articles on Anglo-Saxon life, as well as his progress and thoughts on his writing projects and life in general. I encourage everyone to go visit him and say hi.

Peter C Whitaker

As you would expect with any society that was characterised by a hierarchical class system there would be the top class who were defined by their wealth and by the power that they wielded. In the Anglo-Saxon world the upper class were known as the aethelings, who were principally the royal family. The king was the obviously the head of this very exclusive group and he would be joined by his queen, their children who would hold the ranks of prince and princesses, and any other immediate family members such as brothers and sisters who would hold the same rank but be differentiated by their position in line to inherit the throne.

The position of aetheling granted many privileges but it also bestowed certain responsibilities too. Aethelings were expected to support the king and queen and to lead the army on campaign. Military service was considered important as the cult…

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