Members Only 95 – Slavery Part 2

To begin with, lets talk about one of the main struggles of studying this topic. Namely, that spotting slavery is difficult. We’re dealing with a time where our written record hardly mentions anyone except the very upper levels of society, and even then it’s mostly just the upper levels that are either in (or interact [...]

Members Only 88 – The Making of King Edward the Elder

Edward, son of Alfred, had a rather strange name for someone who was in line to take the throne. Edward isn’t something that appears in previous West Saxon royal lineages. The house of Wessex preferred AEthel for their children. King AEthelwulf named his children AEthelstan, AEthelred, AEthelbald, AEthelberht, AEthelswith…. Names that boasted of the family’s [...]