Where was the Kingdom of Northumbria anyway?

Over the last couple of months on the blog, I have been writing about several Kings and Archbishops (and eventually invaders) of Northumbria. I have even shared with you my journey of writing my first novel, The Northumbrian Saga. I thought then, that it was about time that I acquainted some of you who were not familiar with this ancient Kingdom and a little of its history. Continue reading

Lindisfarne Gospels return to Durham

Some time around A.D. 715, in honour of Saint Cuthbert, patron saint of northern England and revered throughout medieval Europe, the Lindisfarne Gospels were created. Comprising 516 pages of hand painted words and illuminations, 150 calf skins used to make the vellum, and taking ten years to finish, The Lindisfarne Gospels are the oldest surviving English version of the four gospels of the New Testament. Continue reading

Happy St Bede’s Day

That’s right everyone, 1,278 years ago today the man known as ‘The father of English history’ died in the monastery of Jarrow, Durham (although at the time it was in Northumberland as the shire of Durham did not yet exist).