Interesting Articles

Anglo-saxon social ladder, from kings to slaves

Aristocracy Kings As in most traditional western societies, at the pinnacle of the Anglo-saxon social ladder was the king. The king was lord over his kingdom, providing protection through war or diplomacy for his people. He did this through military campaigns, marriage alliances, tributes, the giving of hostages etc. It was through war more than… Continue reading Anglo-saxon social ladder, from kings to slaves

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Historical Figure Profiles

Historical Figure Profile: Halfdan

Unlike his brothers Ivarr the Boneless and Ubbe, none of the Viking Sagas mention anything of Halfdan or any other similar name (with the one exception of Hvitserk in the Saga of Ragnar's sons, although this figure died in Russia). We are quite sure that they were brothers, however, as Simeon of Durham, Roger of… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: Halfdan

Writing updates

November Writing Update

There are six more posts to go until I sign off for the year. Its been a busy year so I can very much believe how quickly 2013 has passed. It only seems like the other week I published my first ever novel, but this Wednesday will mark the 3 month anniversary of The Northumbrian… Continue reading November Writing Update

Interesting Places, Yorkshire

York: The evidence (Part 2)

When people think of York images are conjured up of a number of things: a Roman fort, a medieval walled city, even King Richard the III and the Wars of the roses. Over the past several decades however, thanks to archaeological excavations at sites such as Coppergate, Tanner row and The pavement, York is more… Continue reading York: The evidence (Part 2)

The Northumbrian Saga

All Saint’s Day: Excerpt from The Northumbrian Saga

All Saints day was exactly what its name implied, the day when every God fearing Christian gave thanks to all of the saints in heaven. Every year, as for every other major festival, the Archbishop led a special service at York Minster. Usually he was joined by the royal family, the monks and brothers of… Continue reading All Saint’s Day: Excerpt from The Northumbrian Saga

Important Dates, Interesting Articles, The Northumbrian Saga

Celebrating All Saints’ Day with a free book

‘All Saints day was exactly what its name implied, the day when every God fearing Christian gave thanks to all of the saints in heaven.’ – The Northumbrian Saga All Saints’ Day has its origins in the early 7th century when Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon in Rome as a Christian church dedicated to… Continue reading Celebrating All Saints’ Day with a free book