155 – Its Always Sunny in Mercia: The Gang Throws a Party

When we last left off, King Offa of Mercia was doing pretty well. He had just received Papal support for his plans of succession and he was demonstrating that he was a mover and shaker not just among the English kingdoms, but on the world’s stage. On his southern border, King Cynewulf of Wessex was dead and there was a… Read more →

Offa's Dyke

153 – An Offa You Can’t Refuse

As you might have guessed, today we’re talking mostly about Offa. But before we get into some of the cool things that were going on under Offa’s reign… lets start with something shady. So as you remember, Offa’s predecessor, AEthebald, was running around with nuns and presumably having children with them. Because nuns were often noble daughters, these kids would… Read more →


151 – Offa and Acceptance

Today we’re going to be talking about Archbishop Jaenberht, King Offa of Mercia, Charlemagne, Carloman, Cynewulf of Wessex, Egbert II of Kent, and AEthelred of Northumbria. It’s going to be a biggie! Oh, and we also talk about Biggie. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Read more →


150 – King Offa: The Turnover

Today’s episode is going to go all over the kingdoms of the Heptarchy. We have the Kings of Kent, Wessex, East Anglia, Northumbria, and of course, Mercia all involved. It’s a busy one. But Offa will continue to be our main character. To start with, what’s going on in the world? Last week I mentioned in passing that King Cynewulf… Read more →


149 – King Offa Ascends the Throne

Today we’re starting a series on one of the most influential Mercian kings in history. King Offa. But before we start this story, I need to fess up to a couple things. First, for the last several hundred years, this period has often been described in terms of Mercian Supremacy. And it’s easy to see why that is, AEthelbald was… Read more →


147 – The Twelve Days of Christmas

This year for our Christmas special, I thought I would give you an idea of what Christmas was like for some of the people in Middle Ages Britain.  Now, Christmas in the middle ages was quite different from our modern experience in many ways.  And like with everything else, it would have varied from location to location.  However, in general… Read more →


146 – King AEthelbald: A Whirlpool of Perdition

When we last left off, King AEthelbald of Mercia was supreme in the south. Most of the rival kingdoms of Mercia have been dealing with internal issues and civil war, and in the vacuum AEthelbald has lead Mercia into becoming the dominant force in the south… and possibly the most powerful Kingdom in Britain. And as further reinforcement of his… Read more →