From the Viking mead drinking in Valhalla to the unending punishments of the Greek underworld, the afterlife has always been an imaginative place. In this blog post, I survey how the afterlife was conceptualised in early medieval England, in particular with reference to 'old age'. Heaven is a place without old age The prime place … Continue reading Heaven is a place without old age: Age and the afterlife in early medieval England
What do place names tells us about the early history of England?
This blog looks at some of the downsides of growing old in early medieval England and identifies some cases of what may be termed ‘gerontophobia’, the fear for old age.
Whether as a royal present, a reward for heroism, a treasured heirloom or an impressive bride price, a horse was the perfect gift in early medieval England!
A good way to keep out unwanted visitors and an inspiration to authors and artists: decapitation and impalement in Anglo-Saxon England.
Like many grannies today, Anglo-Saxon grandmothers took an interest in the upbringing of their grandchildren.
From Humphrey 'Golden-bollocks' to Alwy 'Beetle-beard' - this blog post deals with the remarkable bynames found for individuals mentioned in the Domesday Book.