It’s been about 2 years and 100 episodes since I did a recap episode to remind you where we were, what the flow of history was, and give you a forest view of the whole thing.
Seriously, 100 episodes!
And since then, we have gotten to know the Anglo Saxons and their culture really well. Even though our sources are limited, we still are getting a sense for what makes them tick. And we are also learning about the events were occurring in their political lives that shaped their home lives.
But I’m guessing with the detailed look we’ve been doing at these people, the speed (or sometimes lack thereof) of these changes has probably been lost. So today, we’re going to do a lightning review of the Anglo Saxon era to date and remind you of the major political events we’ve talked about.
Now what I won’t be doing is talking about the uncertainty of the sources, nor the nuance, nor get into heavy detail of what happened. We’ve already covered it before and you can always double back and check out the earlier episodes if you want more detail. This, will just been a strict recount of the highlights. Think of it like a cliffsnotes recap. Here we go!
So Rome had withdrawn from Britannia at about 410, and the Western Roman Empire was collapsing faster than the Denver Bronco’s offensive line. And things got quiet for a little bit. Well, the record gets quiet for a little bit, but we’re pretty sure things in Britannia weren’t all that quiet.
At some time around this point (or maybe a bit earlier or later… isn’t the dark ages fun?) Saint Patrick tells us that he was kept as a slave in Ireland and then had that slightly wacky escape.
And then, in 428, according to tradition (so 18 years after Rome had withdrawn), we’re told that Vortigern gave the Isle of Thanet to Kent. Though this tradition is probably not entirely accurate.Click here to be able to read the full rough transcript.