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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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