Historical Figure Profiles

Historical Figure Profile: Eadwulf of Bamburgh

The Northumbrian Saga follows the life of Aethelwin, a fictional niece of King Osbert of Northumbria and Aelle the usurper of the Northumbrian throne. Whilst these two men were real figures in Northumbrian history, there is one more member of Aethelwin’s family who is based on a real person. Aethelwin is the youngest child of… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: Eadwulf of Bamburgh

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Historical sources rundown

A lot of what we know about the history of the Dark Ages comes from written documents of the time such as land grants, wills, sagas, chronicles and annals either written during the period under study or soon after. For the information i need when writing historical fiction and blog posts i try and use… Continue reading Historical sources rundown

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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

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Historical Figure Profile: Ivarr the Boneless

If you have read the previous historical post on Olaf the White of Dublin, then you will already be aware that similarities in the Irish sources suggest that he may have been a brother of Ivarr the Boneless. This has been drawn mostly through similarities in names (Norse Ivarr and gaelic Imar) as well as… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: Ivarr the Boneless

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Historical Figure Profile: Olaf the White

This is going to be a long character study so I am just going to get on with it. Olaf the White or Amlaib Konung was a Norse viking king in Ireland who is also rumoured to be the brother of Ivarr the Boneless who attacked York in 866. He is not directly involved with… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: Olaf the White

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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

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Historical Figure Profile: King Egbert of Northumbria (York)

Concerning the history of Northumbria and its leaders from 867 until the end of the 9th century, the facts are a lot leaner when compared to previous Kings. From the death of King Aelle and Osbert until 875, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Chronicle of Florence of Worcester only go as far as saying that… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: King Egbert of Northumbria (York)

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Historical Figure Profile: King Osbert and King Aelle of Northumbria

I am guessing by now, thanks to the History Channel’s new series, Vikings, some people may have heard about Aelle the king of Northumbria. You may also have heard about his supposed involvement in the death of Ragnar Lodbrok, who is said to have been flung into a pit of vipers by the Northumbrian King.… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: King Osbert and King Aelle of Northumbria

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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). The Venerable Bede is most famous today as being the author of the 'Ecclesiastical History… Continue reading Happy St Bede’s Day

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Historical Figure Profile: Archbishop Wulfhere of York

Unfortunately there are only three primary sources which describe the 9th century Archbishop of York in any detail at all. They were all written by one man, Simeon of Durham, a monk and precentor of Durham from the late 11th and early 12th Century. Presumably, sometime either before or during the year 854, Wimund, Archbishop… Continue reading Historical Figure Profile: Archbishop Wulfhere of York