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

Back to our story, 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 friendly King that now sat on the West Saxon throne. All in all, it was looking pretty good.

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  1. A year or two ago when I mentioned shield walls (on the forum, I think) you stated that there was no evidence that shield walls were used. Have you reconsidered that statement?

    1. My recollection is that I said we don’t have a clear contemporary description of one and how it was used. I don’t think I would have said that we have no evidence that they were used, and if I did then I mispoke. Actually, the Anglo Saxons even had a word for it, it’s just that it’s hard to fully figure out how they actually were deployed and when. Here’s an episode where I commented on them. https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/archives/1150

      And here’s the transcript (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=662.msg3291#msg3291).

      I hope that clears it up :)

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