274 – The Missing Shire

In the last several episodes I’ve been breaking down the weird evidence that surrounds Edward towards the end of his reign. It’s been a deep dive and has been focused on some pretty granular details, and the reason why I’ve done that is because I can’t conclusively make a statement on what he did… it’s shrouded. All I can do is give you the evidence, and then give you the context in which that evidence took place, and provide a few thoughts and theories on what it might mean.

That’s why the BHP has felt a bit like Serial over the last month or so. That’s coming to an end, and we’re going to return to the usual tone very soon, but I hope you have enjoyed this foray into the questions that Edward’s reign has raised. Because questions like this… questions without answers… and questions that require a thorough look not just into the written record, but also into the archaeology and cultural matters, is what makes the study of history come alive. The questions, and the digging, is what the study of history is all about.

So let's get into one of the last big questions about the end of Edward’s reign.

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  5 Replies to “274 – The Missing Shire”

  1. Alex Silloway
    April 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    JSTOR??

  2. Christopher Young
    May 7, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I was talking with an old friend in PSU last week, a poly sci grad, and discussed the current events hot issue of gerrymandering in US elections. I pointed him to the Tamworth events and suggested your podcast., He was intrigued, saying he had no idea the practice extended into that time and place.

    • May 7, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Point him towards the work that David Hill has done on the shiring of Mercia if he’d like more info on it.

      • Christopher Young
        May 9, 2018 at 11:33 am

        Thanks, Jamie, I’ll pass that cite along. I guess we’ll be moving into the end of the AS era soon, and I will miss that, but exciting to head into the Norman epoch. Your podscasts up to this time have been astonishingly good, finding the perfect balance point between graduate level depth of detail and analysis and post-grad scholarship.
        Best regards to Zee, as well. I have been recommending to folks about her site and her dissertation.

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