Category: The Dark Ages

Learn about the rise of England, Scotland, and Wales in episodes of the British History Podcast that cover the so-called Dark Ages.

256 – Scandinavian Settlement in England

For the last few episodes we’ve been discussing the way life has been changing in Southern Britain. While the dramatic battles and political maneuvering dominated the story of the last season, you’re now learning of the many of the changes that were changing how lives were lived on the island, and some of them weren’t a direct result of the… Read more →

253 – Anglo Saxon Market Towns in the Viking Age

Cultures change all the time – yours is changing right now, in ways you may or may not realize. It’s a completely normal, everyday fact that has been with humanity since we began. Probably before we began. And yet, telling the story of how a culture changed is extremely challenging. Cultural shifts are messy, they’re chaotic, and they come with… Read more →

252 – The Coming of the Anglo-Scandinavians

At the start of 867, there were four major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in Britain. By 874, three of the four – Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia – had lost their independence. That’s a timespan of only 7 years, and in that 7 years the political landscape of Britain had changed dramatically and permanently. That’s insane. For scale, that’s just barely longer… Read more →

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 nobility or, in the case… Read more →

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