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Lady Godiva – the Naked Truth

Mention Lady Godiva, and the first thing most people think of is the line of chocolates bearing her name. Others may dimly recall something about her riding naked on the back of a horse. But who was Godiva, and why do we remember her at all? In truth, very little is verifiably known about her. […]

Anglo-Saxon Astronomy, Over Easy

Through the successful defense of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms from would-be Viking conquerors, King Alfred the Great of Wessex (pictured at left in a 13th-century illuminated genealogy) had become the strongest of the Anglo-Saxon sub-kings by the time of his death in AD 899. His efforts paved the way for a united England to be ruled […]

Author Interview: Bernard Cornwell

On January 17, Death of Kings, the sixth book in Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories, will be published in the U.S. (published in the U.K. last September). About seven years ago, I interviewed Mr. Cornwell shortly after the release of the first book in that series, The Last Kingdom, and I thought it would be […]

Landøyðan – A Bird in the Hand…

Of the various methods Vikings employed to plant fear in the guts of their enemies, perhaps none would have been as visually striking as the raven banner–a sort of warcloth flown by many famous Norsemen, particularly during the 9th through 11th centuries. From surviving accounts and a few visual depictions such as the one at […]

London Bridge: The Ups and Downs (Part 1)

This is the first in a planned series of ZOUNDS! posts about the history of London Bridge. August 1 marked the 180th anniversary of the opening of the “New” London Bridge, which crossed the River Thames to connect the City of London to the district of Southwark in central London. But that particular bridge was […]

The Blessings of the Tawdry Saint Be Upon You

St. Æthelthryth (Etheldreda), whose feast day is celebrated on June 23 (the anniversary of her death in AD 679), was one of four daughters of King Anna of East Anglia–one of the independent kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy that eventually united into a single England later in the Anglo-Saxon period. Some time around 652, at […]