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120 – Penda and Oswiu: The Winwaed

120 – 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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119 – King Penda: No Posers

119 – 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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118 – Oswiu and Oswine: There’s No Anglo Saxon Word for Take Backsies

118 – 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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117 – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

117 – 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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116 – Wait… Where Are We? Part Two

116 – 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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115 – Maserfield: Blood Makes The Grass Grow

115 – 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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114 – Oswald and Sigeberht: The Softer Side of Rule

114 – 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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