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139 – The Rise of Aldfrith and Caedwalla

139 – The Rise of Aldfrith and Caedwalla

This episode will roughly cover the eventful years between 685 and 689. The main characters today will be two kings, two wannabe kings, and a bishop… here we go: First we have King Aldfrith of Northumbria – He was the brother of the slain King Ecgfrith and also the son of King Oswiu, and he was ruling over Northumbria. Then we have King Hlothere of Kent – He was the brother of Ecgberht, who was the former King of Kent. And...

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138 – Religious Lives

138 – Religious Lives

Alright, so last week we talked about how uneven and confused the conversion of Britain was. And how the beliefs of one village might not bare all that much similarity to the beliefs of another village even though they both might profess to worship the same god. Well, what about the people who’s job it was to worship and evangelize that god? What about the men and women of the cloth? Sure, as we learned last week, monasteries in many ways...

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137 – Preaching in the Dark Ages

137 – Preaching in the Dark Ages

Today we’re going to cover the crazy environment that early Christian converts found themselves in during the Dark Ages, and some of the bizarre notions they might have gotten regarding their religion thanks to poor access, education, and stubborn attachment to old pagan traditions. Also: we learn why mothers don’t stuff their feverish daughters into ovens anymore. Seriously, that’s something they used to do. Podcast:...

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136 – The Power of Mercia

136 – The Power of Mercia

This episode will cover the years 678 to 685 and its major characters will be… King Ecgfrith of Northumbria, the man who brought down Wulfhere, was wielding supreme power in Northumbria and was arguably exercising quite a bit of power south of the Humber as well. King AEthelred of Mercia, son of Penda and brother of Wulfhere. And a frighteningly savvy King, quite possibly the most like his father out of all of the sons of Penda. And he has...

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135 – A Reshuffling of Power

135 – A Reshuffling of Power

Today we’re going to cover the eventful years of 675 to 678, and our main characters will be… King Wulfhere of Mercia, Son of Penda and tough guy with a bloodied lip. King Ecgfrith of Northumbria, Son of Oswiu and guy who bloodied Wulfhere’s lip. And Bishop Wilfrid… the Northumbrian Bishop who was a key player in converting Northumbria to Roman Catholicism and also a key player in keeping King Ecgfrith childless. A remarkably stupid move...

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134 – The Power of Northumbria

134 – The Power of Northumbria

This episode covers the years 670 to 685. The main characters are: King Ecgfrith of Northumbria – son of Oswiu, former hostage of the Mercians, and generally tough dude. King Wulfhere of Mercia – son of Penda, veteran warrior, and leader of a growing southern Hegemony. Queen AEthelthryth of Northumbria – Queen of Ecgfrith’s, unhappy wife, and aspiring nun. Bishop Wilfrid – The most powerful man in the Northern...

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BHP Pub Quiz #8

BHP Pub Quiz #8

This one will focus on what you’ve learned during the Scotcast episodes! Good luck! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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133 – Scotcast: Part Ten

133 – Scotcast: Part Ten

We’re covering all that mess between Northumbria and Scotland today. It should be a fun one! Degsastan, Bridei, Columba… they’re all in there. I hope you enjoy it! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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Bonus Episode – Anglo Saxon Childhoods

Bonus Episode – Anglo Saxon Childhoods

Thanks again everyone, and I hope you enjoy this episode! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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Bonus Episode – The Anglo Saxon Ale Experiment

Bonus Episode – The Anglo Saxon Ale Experiment

Thank you so much for being patient while I’ve been AWOL and handling a family emergency. You’re the best! And I hope you enjoy this little extra. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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BHP Pub Quiz #7

BHP Pub Quiz #7

This one focuses on the time from Penda to Wulfhere. Good luck! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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132 – Scotcast Part Nine: St. Columba and King Brude

132 – Scotcast Part Nine: St. Columba and King Brude

This episode will cover the years 506 to 584 and will focus primarily upon: King Brude (also known as King Bridie), the King the the Northern Picts … also referred to as King of Fortriu and St. Columba, the man credited with converting the Northern Picts… and lesser known monster expert. Alright… lets get to it. And today we’re going to talk about the last of the three Kings of Pictland whom the Pictish Chronicle has anything to say beyond...

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131 – Scotcast Part Eight

131 – Scotcast Part Eight

So we will begin the account of what was going on with the Picts following the withdrawal of Rome with a rather discouraging fact… isn’t it nice when I can start an episode on an up note? In the Group A version of the Pictish Chronicle there are only 3 Pictish Kings before Kenneth MacAlpin who had any of their deeds recorded. Just three. Everything else is pretty much just a chronology… just simple markers indicating the passage of time....

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130 – Scotcast Part Seven – Who Were The Picts?

130 – Scotcast Part Seven – Who Were The Picts?

You can your own Hipster Hadrian t-shirt, that was discussed on this episode, at www.teespring.com/hipsterhadrian The last time we had episodes focusing upon the Scotcast, it was at the end of Season Two… at the end of roman Britannia, and quite a lot of things have changed for our friends in the north. So, as is our custom, now that we’re changing gears and focusing on a new era in the main story, lets break away from our Anglo-Saxon...

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Season 4 Promo – Anglo Saxon Ascendancy

Season 4 Promo – Anglo Saxon Ascendancy

It began with Cassivellaunus. The first recorded King to have commanded the submission of most, if not all, of the British tribes and who fought valiantly against Caesar and his legions. And although the hegemony under Cassivellaunus didn’t last, it presented a tantalizing new possibility. Unity. A century later, the Romans returned… and this time they stayed…. and for nearly 4 centuries, England, Wales, and parts of Scotland all...

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