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145 – King Oswiu: The Aftermath of the Winwaed

145 – King Oswiu: The Aftermath of the Winwaed

Now the Battle of Maserfield had established Mercia as a dominant force on the island, and specifically it had demonstrated the military prowess of Penda. It was there that King Oswald of Northumbria was killed and his kingdom was split into two separate kingdoms, each with its own king. It was there that Mercian power, which had already been growing with their challenges to the West Saxons, reached its full stride and broke the...

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144 – Penda and Oswiu: The Winwaed

144 – Penda and Oswiu: The Winwaed

Imagine the scene… the weather had been horrendous. Torrential rains had battered the region for days. Penda and his men were tired, far from home… and they were weighted down with whatever gifts they had retained, and their forces were already weakened… and as the war was now over, perhaps some of the warbands were already marching off independently, heading back to wherever they came from. And so Penda’s once great army was...

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143 – King Penda: No Posers

143 – King Penda: No Posers

So we have King Penda of Mercia in a pretty powerful position… and Northumbria had been broken up into Bernicia and Deira with Oswiu ruling the former and his Nephew ruling the latter… and as for East Anglia, their King, Anna, was on the run because he was in an awkward position having offered sanctuary to the King of Wessex, who foolishly spurned Penda’s sister, and then when King Penda came to visit, King Anna was defeated and he...

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142 – Oswiu and Oswine: There’s No Anglo Saxon Word for Take Backsies

142 – Oswiu and Oswine: There’s No Anglo Saxon Word for Take Backsies

King Anna and East Anglia was growing in power… gathering enough influence to provide sanctuary to one of King Penda’s enemies and even bringing new regions of the Fens under his control. Further, he was a devout King, converting both Penda’s former brother-in-law, King Cenwalh of Wessex, and also providing a great deal of support for the growing monastic community in his Kingdom. However, Penda had other plans… and this episode will...

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141 – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

141 – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Oswald was the King of Northumbria and son of AEthelfrith who was killed by Penda at Maserfield. Oswiu was his brother Osric of Deira was the King of Deira, and nephew of Edwin, who was killed by Cadwallon. and Oswine was the son of Osric… So to recap… Oswald and Oswiu are brothers and Bernician. Osric and Oswine are father and son, and are Deiran. Isn’t this fun? Alright, it’s 642 and in Wessex, King Cynegils of the West Saxons died, and...

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140 – Wait… Where Are We? Part Two

140 – Wait… Where Are We? Part Two

This is a recap of the last approximately two years of episodes and history! For Part One (covering the first year of the show) check out “Episode 42 – Wait… Where Are We?” Here’s a direct link: http://thebritishhistorypodcast.com/?p=312 Since we did the last recap, a ton of stuff has happened and we’ve really gotten to know these people rather well. But with all the crazy events and uncertain sources,...

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139 – Maserfield: Blood Makes The Grass Grow

139 – Maserfield: Blood Makes The Grass Grow

Edwin, Osric, Eanfrith, Eadfrith, Cadwallon, Sigeberht, Ecgric… Following Hatfield Chase, we have seen a blood letting of the aristocracy of Anglo Saxon Britain of epic proportions. And we are only hearing about the very highest echelons… but how many Thegns, AEthlings, and minor nobles have also lost their lives in these power struggles? If the life of Edwin is indicative of how these power struggles tended to go, it wouldn’t have just...

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138 – Oswald and Sigeberht: The Softer Side of Rule

138 – Oswald and Sigeberht: The Softer Side of Rule

Alright, so things have gotten pretty exciting. We’ve had the downfall of Cadwallon of Gwynedd and the rise of Oswald of Northumbria and the return of Christianity to the North as well as the spread of it throughout the south with only a few holdouts, like Mercia and the Isle of Wight staying Pagan. This is an enormous time of change. And as you might imagine, those changes were getting mixed reactions. For example, the death of Cadwallon...

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BHP Pub Quiz #6

BHP Pub Quiz #6

This one is pretty tough… but I believe in you! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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137 – Religious Ambitions: The Rise of Oswald (and Others)

137 – Religious Ambitions: The Rise of Oswald (and Others)

When we last left off, Oswald son of AEthelfrith and Acha, defeated and killed Cadwallon of Gwynedd at the battle of Heavenfield. The defeat was a serious blow for the Northern Welsh kingdom. In fact, in the praise poem written about Cadwallon, we see the first use of the term which would become the modern name for the Wales… Cymru. The land of the western Cumbrogi…or comrades. I love the fact that the term appears at this point in the...

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136 – The Battle of Heavenfield

136 – The Battle of Heavenfield

Edwin was dead… Eanfrith was dead… Only Osric, Oswald, and Oswiu were left to stand against King Cadwallon and his Welsh army. Everything was coming to a head… and at the Battle of Heavenfield, the future of Northumbria would be decided. —- The year was 633 or 634, and the tide was turning against Northumbria for the first time in as long as anyone could probably remember. AEthelfrith’s victory at the Battle of...

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135 – Edwin: What Goes Around Comes Around

135 – Edwin: What Goes Around Comes Around

That’s something I’ve heard my entire life. When I was younger and picked on at school my father would sometimes say “Don’t worry, Jamie, what goes around comes around.” The problem with that bit of advice is that it requires a sense of fairness in the world that isn’t always there… not to mention a tremendous amount of patience that is short supply when you’re a small awkward kid being picked on and simply want some sort of justice. But...

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134 – Mercia: A New Contender Enters the Ring

134 – Mercia: A New Contender Enters the Ring

Ok, last episode, we jumped forward a little to take the story of East Anglia to the point where Sigebehrt took the throne… but lets go back about 3 years… to 628 (ish)… and look at what is going on in Mercia. Mercia, the Midland kingdom, has been a bit of a backwater in our story so far but it’s about to get more important very soon. So we really should chat a bit about it. So Mercia… what exactly are we talking about here? Some of you...

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133 – Edwin’s Ambitions

133 – Edwin’s Ambitions

When we last left Edwin, Bishop Paulinus finally had his prize.  He convinced the great King of Northumbria… the Bretwalda!… Edwin…  to abandon his gods and convert to Christianity.  It had been a long hard road for the Bishop.  Failed assassinations, war, marriage, magical visions, and some pretty astoundingly rude arguments regarding the weather had all been brought to bear in order to get this King to convert.  But at last he was...

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132 – The Christmas Special

132 – The Christmas Special

Ever since I was a kid in Catholic school, I’ve been somewhat fascinated by the date of Christmas.  I often wondered where it came from, given that it doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible, and (as the feast is celebrating the birth of Jesus) it seemed rather odd to set the date so close to midwinter given the fact that the middle east gets pretty nippy in Winter and the story of the Nativity takes place pretty much outside… with lambs and...

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