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The Germanic invaders and settlers of southern and eastern Britain in the 5th century AD, made up of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, which merged into the Anglo-Saxons over two centuries. The term... read more

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When did England become England? Was Alfred really the great ruler of all the English - or was it just a question of clever Wessex PR? Patrick Wormald investigates the myths and realities of...

George T. Beech investigates whether a King of Wessex adopted a new name for his country in 828, but failed to implement the change.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

John Gillingham challenges an idea, recently presented in History Today, that the Anglo-Saxon King Egbert was responsible for the naming of England.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Richard Cavendish remembers the royal favourite who died on June 19th, 1312.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

Richard Cavendish describes Edward the Confessor's canonisation, on January 5th, 1161.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

In a reign of just 15 years Æthelstan united the English for the first time. Yet many of the facts about him remain elusive. Sarah Foot describes the challenges of writing his biography.

Volume: 61 Issue: 9 2011

The Bamburgh sword, a unique pattern-welded weapon found in Northumbria, has helped shed new light on a critical period of Anglo-Saxon. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

Eadwig died on October 1st, 959, still in his teens, in circumstances which remain unknown.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Alan MacColl explores exactly what the word Britain meant, after the Romans had gone.

Volume: 58 Issue: 3 2008

George T. Beech traces the origins of the word England to the period 1014 to 1035 and suggests how and why it came to be the recognized term for the country.

Volume: 57 Issue: 10 2007

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits Gotland, the Baltic island where the Viking and medieval pasts are to be found round every corner.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007

Richard Hodges says the rubbish tips of Anglo-Saxon London and Southampton contain intriguing evidence of England’s first businessmen.

Volume: 57 Issue: 4 2007
Richard Hodges shows how new evidence is leading to a fresh understanding of the role of the Vikings in European history.
Volume: 54 Issue: 9 2004

Ann Williams describes the state of the island at a time when Anglo-Saxon culture was reaching its peak, while also politically challenged by the Vikings.

Volume: 50 Issue: 3 2000
James Campbell peers into the murk of the ‘Dark Ages’ and sifts truth from fiction about our post-Roman history.
Volume: 50 Issue: 2 2000

Barbara Yorke considers the reputation of King Alfred the Great - and the enduring cult around his life and legend.

Volume: 49 Issue: 10 1999

Alex Barker discusses St Augustine's Abbey Museum.

Volume: 47 Issue: 5 1997

Monks and nuns living together: not a cause for scandal but, as Barbara Mitchell explains, an intriguing window onto the variety of monastic life - under the aegis of remarkable abbesses - before the Conquest.

Volume: 45 Issue: 10 1995

When did England become England? Was Alfred really the great ruler of all the English - or was it just a question of clever Wessex PR? Patrick Wormald investigates the myths and realities of unification in Anglo-Saxon England.

Volume: 45 Issue: 2 1995

End or beginning? Catherine Hills discusses how recent archaeology is filling in the gaps in our knowledge of 5th-and 6th-century Britain, fuelling the debate about just how important marauding invaders were to the changes that followed the legion's departure.

Volume: 40 Issue: 10 1990

Tim Tatton-Brown reviews the picture of one of Anglo-Saxon England's best-known saints built up at a major exhibition in Canterbury for the millennium of his death.

Volume: 38 Issue: 4 1988
Alfred the Great was not the only one to be beset by Norseman – Simon Coupland and Janet Nelson re-interpret their impact on the mainland of 9th-century Europe.
Volume: 38 Issue: 12 1988
Volume: 38 Issue: 9 1988

James Graham-Campbell looks at the persisting image of the Vikings as pagan raiders striking at isolated Christian settlements. But is this the whole truth? And how and why did the Vikings adopt Christianity?

Volume: 36 Issue: 10 1986
Warriors but adaptors - the Vikings built on existing urban settlement to produce towns like York and Lincoln, prosperous and busy with domestic manufacture and international trade.
Volume: 36 Issue: 11 1986

Gabriel Ronay traces the story of the 'forgotten' rightful heir to the throne of England – who could, perhaps, have saved Anglo-Saxon England from a Norman invasion in 1066.

Volume: 34 Issue: 1 1984

Simon Keynes examines the variety of books on Anglo-Saxon rulers.

Volume: 35 Issue: 1 1984
Volume: 35 Issue: 1 1984

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff explains the disappearance from view of Anglo-Saxon family names from modern English life.

Volume: 28 Issue: 10 1978

Timothy Wilson Smith describes how, in the year 878, Alfred witnessed the conversion to Christianity of the Danish warlord Guthrum, and helped to found the English nation.

Volume: 28 Issue: 7 1978

After the Romans left and the Anglo-Saxons arrived, the south-west of England became the predominant kingdom. William Seymour traces the growth of the Kingdom of Wessex from the early sixth century.

Volume: 27 Issue: 5 1977

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