Historical Figure Profiles

Historical Figure Profile: King Ricsige of Northumbria

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… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: King Ricsige of Northumbria

The Northumbrian Saga, Writing updates

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. It started off as a bit of a hobby, something that interested me and passed… Continue reading End of first week being a published Author!

The Northumbrian Saga, Writing updates

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 away for FREE!!! (That's this Friday 16th August Pacific ST) Thanks again to everyone for… Continue reading The Northumbrian Saga- Free

The Northumbrian Saga, Writing updates

It’s the Final Countdown!

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… Continue reading It’s the Final Countdown!


Sending myself broke… one book at a time!

This week in Perth is the 49th Annual Save the Children Fund Book fair, held at the University of Western Australia. The entire undercroft of Winthrop Hall is usually chock full of pre-loved books ranging from music books and dictionaries to sci-fi classics and popular fiction books which can still be seen on the shelves… Continue reading Sending myself broke… one book at a time!


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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