Fyrd: Militia in Early Medieval England

The fyrd consisted of a nucleus of experienced soldiers that would be supplemented by ordinary villagers and farmers from the shires. A fyrd was a type of early Anglo-Saxon army that was mobilized from freemen to defend their shire, or from selected representatives to join a royal expedition. Service in the fyrd was usually of[…]

Æthelflæd: The Anglo-Saxon Iron Lady

How a widow battled back against the Vikings and became one of the most powerful figures in Britain.        By (left-to-right) Dr. Philip Morgan, Dr. Andrew Sargent, Dr. Charles Insley, and Dr. Morn Capper / 06.21.2017 Morgan: Senior Lecturer, Keele University Sargent: Lecturer in Medieval History, Keele University Insley: Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester Capper: Lecturer in Archaeological Heritage,[…]

The Art of the Lindisfarne Gospels

Lindisfarne Gospels, St. Matthew (detail), Second Initial Page, f.29, early 8th century (British Library) By Louisa Woodville / 08.08.2015 Adjunct Professor of Medieval History George Mason University A medieval monk takes up a quill pen, fashioned from a goose feather, and dips it into a rich, black ink made from soot. Seated on a wooden[…]

Why We Should Be Celebrating the Treatment of Women in Anglo-Saxon England

By Lynda Telford / 05.20.2018 Events and Projects Officer Richard III Society, Yorkshire Branch What was the way of life for most ordinary women during the early Middle Ages in England? The answer is surprising. In Anglo-Saxon England – before the Norman Conquest in 1066 – men and women enjoyed relatively equal rights and social,[…]

Runes and Commemoration in Anglo-Saxon England

The Franks Casket / Photo by Simon Ager, British Museum    By Dr. Martin Findell and Dr. Lilla Kopár Findell: Associate Professor in Historical Linguistics, University of Nottingham Kopár: Associate Professor of English, The Catholic University of America Abstract Runic inscriptions are of interest not only as evidence of language and literacy in early medieval England,[…]

Ritual Landscapes in Pagan and Early Christian England

   By Dr. Austin Mason and Dr. Tom Williamson Mason: Assistant Professor of History, Carleton College Williamson: Professor of Landscape History, University of East Anglia Abstract This article explores some of the complex relationships which existed between topographic patterns and social organization in early medieval England. It argues that group identities were not entirely elective[…]