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78 – It’s Only Natural

78 – It’s Only Natural

Ok, so I’m going to wrap up the discussion of the development of regional cultures with a talk on an omnipresent (yet often ignored) influence on all of human development. This subject is often ignored in most disciplines, and it is definitely undervalued (unfairly) in many treatises on history. I speak, of course, of Nature. Sure, you can push back against the forests with the axe and the plough. You can create farmland and...

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77 – Cliques: How the In Crowd Created Our Culture

77 – Cliques: How the In Crowd Created Our Culture

Ok, when we last left off, we were talking about a new class of elites in sub-roman Britain. A group of individuals we identify as anglo saxons and kings, and we also mentioned the class of nobles that was growing up around them. We also talked about how that change, the increase in social stratification, might have come about. This week, we are going to talk about the impact that the stratification would have had on the culture that was...

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76 – Developing Class

76 – Developing Class

Today we start with a death. Wihtgar, brother of beloved Stuff, warrior, conqueror of Cerdic’s-Ore, and ruler of the Isle of Wight died in 544. Or did he? There’s a funny thing about dying.  You have to be alive first.  And there’s an argument that Wihtgar might be a mythical character and was created after the fact to establish a ruling dynasty for the Wihtwara, the Men of Wight.  It’s something that we might never know for certain. But...

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75 – Cerdic and Cynric: A Story of… well… Probably Farmers

75 – Cerdic and Cynric: A Story of… well… Probably Farmers

Alright, so when we left off, Cerdic and his son had recently arrived on the island and the Battle of Mons Badonicus had just taken place. So that’s exciting. And Gildas says that it was followed by peace, and procopius tells us that Germans were fleeing from Britannia as late as about 30 years later. And from the archaeological record, and the scattered references in written texts, it doesn’t seem like there were a lot of military...

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74 – When Neighbors Attack: A Story of “Kings”

74 – When Neighbors Attack: A Story of “Kings”

Right, so here we are right in the middle of all the drama and bloodshed that has been called the Anglo Saxon invasion. We have famous names such as Hengest and Aelle showing up. And most everyone who is interested in this story is probably already familiar with the story of how (following the issue with Hengest and Vortigern) you had warlords like Aelle and Cerdic showing up and parcelling out the land. The north was taken by the Angles,...

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73 – And This Gives You Power Over Me?

73 – And This Gives You Power Over Me?

Today we have murder, battles, ransacking, booze, greed, and shame.  No, it’s not an episode of The Tudors… it’s a return to the political story of Britain in the post-Roman period. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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72 – Staffordshire Hoard: Wrapping Up with Kevin Leahy

72 – Staffordshire Hoard: Wrapping Up with Kevin Leahy

Today we’re wrapping up the Staffordshire Hoard project. We have been given an amazing amount of depth and detail thanks to the wonderful experts who took the time to talk with us. And today, we’re going to hear from Dr. Kevin Leahy. You might have read his scholarly articles or his books, some of which are about the Hoard itself. Dr. Leahy is an incredible resource and is an excellent way for us to wrap up this project. The...

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