Interesting Places, Northumberland

Lindisfarne, Holy island of the north: Part 2

Welcome to Part two of the history of Lindisfarne. If you have missed the first part in which Lindisfarne was founded and became a religious, cultural and scholarly mecca, you can read the article here. Unfortunately for Lindisfarne, its rise to prominence also made it a target. The climax of the centre’s history came in… Continue reading Lindisfarne, Holy island of the north: Part 2

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Interesting Places, Northumberland

Lindisfarne, Holy Island of the north: Part 1

In the early 7th century, the death of King Edwin caused the kingdom of Northumbria to split amongst rival groups. This weakened state made it easier for Cadwallon the King of Gweynedd (northern Wales) to attack the land and under his influence the people had quickly reverted back to their pagan roots. Aided by a… Continue reading Lindisfarne, Holy Island of the north: Part 1

Interesting Places, Yorkshire

Whitby through the ages

Summer, twilight, 1890: A man paces through an English seaside town. His long legs move briskly, alive with the thrill of the new discovery that propels him homeward to his writing desk. Bram’s mind ran through the scene he had just left at the library. The book he had been reading had fascinated him, ‘An… Continue reading Whitby through the ages

Interesting Articles, Interesting Places

Anglo-Saxon Churches

After covering farming and domestic buildings, royal estates and halls, this month we will move on to Churches and Monastic complexes. Many of the towns and cities all around England started either as religious centres or else satellite villages and hamlets that serviced such centres. They were integral in helping with the administration of government… Continue reading Anglo-Saxon Churches

Important Dates

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is an important date in the Christian calendar. As the first Sunday before Easter it is the beginning of holy week and the lead up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The week started with Jesus arriving into Jerusalem on the Sunday, followed by his arrest by Thursday, his crucifixion on the Friday, and… Continue reading Palm Sunday

Historical Figure Profiles, Interesting Articles, The Northumbrian Saga, TNS 2, Writing updates

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

Yorkshire

Revealing York Minster

York Minster has been undergoing a bit of an update recently, thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the UK. As part of this 5 year revamp, a new exhibition has been opened which has me green with envy. Perhaps I should start saving again for another trip to the UK. The… Continue reading Revealing York Minster

Scotland

Save the Whithorn Trust

The Whithorn Trust has set up a petition of support in the hope of being granted funding for their archaeological, historical and other research ventures that they provide for the Whithorn area and South-Western Scotland in general. Whithorn is home to the earliest recorded Christian community in Scotland, which is supported by archaeological evidence of… Continue reading Save the Whithorn Trust

Durham, Historical Figure Profiles, Northumberland

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