250 – The Year 900

It’s the year 900. We’ve closed out another century, and the 900’s are looking as tumultuous as the 800’s. But before we move forward in our story of our Island - still in many ways at the end of the world - the BHP is going to take a moment to look at what is happening with the rest of human civilization around the globe around the year 900. History, like society, only makes sense with context. A lot was going on for everybody and it all has important implications for how we became the people we are today. This is just a brief snapshot - a way to get our bearings for where Britain sits among the rest of the world’s civilizations. It’s going to be a whirlwind tour - and there are unfortunately still some significant gaps. I’ll point those out as we come to them.

But here we go - the world of 900 CE.

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249 – Kenneth MacAlpin and the Birth of Scotland

We’ve reached the end of an era. It was late 899, and Alfred (who has been our central figure for dozens of episodes) was at last at rest. But with his death, there was a sudden opening at the top levels of West Saxon politics and Alfred’s son, Edward, was a top contender for that position.

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