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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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131 – Edwin’s Conversion

131 – Edwin’s Conversion

Ok, so when we left off, Bishop Paulinus thought he was about to get Edwin to convert… but then Edwin pulled a bait and switch, and said that god hadn’t jumped through enough hoops yet.  And that he wanted to speak with his council and then deliberate privately before making a decision. Now Edwin was slick.  He built political ties on the island.  He also tied himself across the channel with the Merovingians, as his children with...

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Membership Drive: Partnering with the NTSUSA

Membership Drive: Partnering with the NTSUSA

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is partnering up with the British History Podcast! This is huge for us! And it’s also huge for Members! If you are a US Resident and become a Yearly Member (or when your Yearly Membership Renews next year) you will get a complimentary year with the National Trust of Scotland Foundation USA! This means that in addition to keeping the this project going, and of course getting Member...

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130 – If You Give Edwin an Inch…

130 – If You Give Edwin an Inch…

Alright, so when we last left Edwin he was installed as King of Northumbria by King Raedwald, Bretwalda.  And he had wielded his newly granted power to exact revenge upon King Ceretic of Elmet, probably in response to the British King poisoning Edwin’s Nephew.  But for as powerful as Edwin was in the north, Raedwald was the true power in Britain.  He was referred to Rex Anglorum by Bede… King of the Angles.  And he was certainly that.  But...

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BHP Pub Quiz #5

BHP Pub Quiz #5

Get your pencils ready, grab a pint, and get ready for another pub quiz! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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129 – Sutton Hoo: Treasures of the Dead

129 – Sutton Hoo: Treasures of the Dead

It’s all too easy to look at a burial, even a magnificent burial, and see it in isolation.  This is a grave… and it a grave for this individual person… and that’s as far as we might look.  But really, there is a great deal more going on here.  The reality is that the dead don’t bury themselves.  So even on the surface level, when we look at a grave, we are seeing elements of how the individuals involved in the burial, often the deceased’s...

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128 – Sutton Hoo: The Finding of Raedwald… and Rabbits

128 – Sutton Hoo: The Finding of Raedwald… and Rabbits

Raedwald… King of East Anglia… Bretwalda. When he is mentioned, if you had heard that name before this show, chances are you heard it in connection with Sutton Hoo, which is possibly his burial site. And Sutton Hoo is one of the most famous archaeological digs in Britain. Just the name conjures images of the great Anglo Saxon helmet, with its impressive faceplate and ornate decorations in bronze, iron and tin. But there’s much more to it...

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127 – Edwin the Conqueror

127 – Edwin the Conqueror

Alright, last week we finally saw the fall of AEthelfrith and the rise of Edwin of Deira and King Raedwald of East Anglia… Bretwalda! As you probably gathered, that was not the last would will hear of Edwin. In fact, right when we left off, there was a bit of a cliff hanger. Sure, the battle had just concluded and AEthelfrith was bleeding out on the banks of the River Idle. But what now? Nearly every time we talk about the North what do we...

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126 – Have Exile, Will Travel

126 – Have Exile, Will Travel

Ok, when we left off, Edwin… the exile from Deira, had been on the run for quite some time. The King of Bernicia, AEthelfrith, now occupied the throne held by his father, and his father’s father, and so on and so forth. His sister, Acha, had given birth to a child with the man who was hunting him (and we aren’t sure what the circumstances to that were). His nephew, Hereric, had been poisoned at the court of Ceretic of the...

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125 – I Ran (So Far Away): The Life and Times of Edwin of Deira

125 – I Ran (So Far Away): The Life and Times of Edwin of Deira

LISTENERS! Here is a link to the Family Tree I mentioned in this episode! Today we’re going to talk quite a bit about Northumbria. And actually, Northumbria is going to start to get really important in our story going forward. Now much of what we know of Northumbria during this period is due to the efforts of Bede, and other Northumbrians who maintained his tradition of keeping annals. And actually, it’s been argued that even the term...

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124 – There’s a New Barber In Town

124 – There’s a New Barber In Town

So to start with… what is with hair? Why is it so symbolic? Well, it’s easily changeable. It can be cut, styled, dyed, bleached… bleached then dyed… it can be bleached, dyed, and then drenched in elmer’s glue so it would stand up in liberty spikes… just saying. There’s all kinds of stuff you can do with hair. But it also is part of the body. It’s not clothing, which is external, but rather it’s part of you. It’s something you’ve grown....

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