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107 – Edwin’s Conversion

107 – 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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106 – If You Give Edwin an Inch…

106 – 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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105 – Sutton Hoo: Treasures of the Dead

105 – 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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104 – Sutton Hoo: The Finding of Raedwald… and Rabbits

104 – 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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103 – Edwin the Conqueror

103 – 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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102 – Have Exile, Will Travel

102 – 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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