A blockbuster movie depicting Redbad as an early medieval Frisian freedom fighter? A late medieval Frisian audience would not have agreed.
Heads on sticks: Decapitation and impalement 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.
An Anglo-Saxon Anecdote: A singing ox, some dead pigeons and Saint Edith of Wilton
According to Goscelin of St Bertin, a singing ox and some dead pigeons heralded the death of saint Edith of Wilton (d. 984).
Splitting Anglo-Saxon Hairs: Cuthbert’s Comb
Splitting Anglo-Saxon Hairs: Cuthbert’s Comb Vikings, Alfred the Great and ninth-century England - The Last Kingdom (BBC; based on the Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell) will undoubtedly spark an interest into the Anglo-Saxons. On this blog, I will regularly discuss some of the historical and/or cultural background of The Last Kingdom, without major plot spoilers. In the first … Continue reading Splitting Anglo-Saxon Hairs: Cuthbert’s Comb
The Latest Miracle of Anglo-Saxon Missionary Saint Adalbert of Egmond (d. c.740)
Learn more about the Anglo-Saxon saint Adalbert (d. 740; Feast day: 25 June). In Holland, water from his holy well is used to brew beer.