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
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
Jeanette Harvey is the Author of Sisters of the Bruce, the tale of Isabel (Queen of Norway) and Christina (The Countess of Mar) who helped mould the history of Scotland and the world as much as their famous brother, Robert the Bruce. In this re-post from May 2014, Jeanette explains her visit to Durham Cathedral… Continue reading Durham – An amazing World Heritage Site
The history of Jedburgh especially in the middle and late Medieval period and beyond is fascinating. Being only 12 miles north west of the present English border, like many towns in the borderlands it has found itself caught up with the constant fighting between England and Scotland. The tug of war between the two sides… Continue reading The history of Jedburgh… and Jedburgh?
Scottish Gaelic: Maol Ros Melrose Abbey is one of those beautiful medieval monastic ruins that bring to mind images of Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. Or perhaps it is this Scottish abbey’s long association with Robert the Bruce and Sir Walter Scott (who is largely to thank for its protection and restoration in 1822) that… Continue reading Melrose, a tale of two abbeys
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
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
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… Continue reading Where was the Kingdom of Northumbria anyway?
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
Another photo from my trip to the UK in 2011. We were on a very quick three day tour of Scotland and this was at a rest break on the way into the highlands. Despite only seeing a few key places, I absolutely loved Scotland and hopefully I will go back soon and spend much… Continue reading Winter in Scotland