Tom Green, Lincolnshire and maybe a spot of prevarication on my part

I went into last weekend with the intention to post an “essay-in-24-hours” but one hangover and some bitterly cold weather later and I’d gone off the idea. Fast forward to sunday night and I was up to my eyeballs in something almost entirely unrelated. So now I have two half-finished pieces of writing on top of all the others at various stages of completion. While I get my act together and actually tick off something on my to-do list, may I recommend you check out the work of a cast-iron closer.

I first encountered Tom Green and his research on Lincolnshire at a Cambridge University day school back in 2011. Now Anglo-Saxon Lincolnshire is both a richly-evidenced and a well-studied thing, so to hear such a torrent of compelling new inter-disciplinary perspectives was a real treat. Happily, these can be read and enjoyed online. First port of call should be his Oxford DPhil thesis, ‘A re-evaluation of the evidence of Anglian-British interaction in the Lincoln region’, freely available via the Oxford University Research Archive. This was polished up into a monograph, Britons and Anglo-Saxons: Lincolnshire AD 400-650, published last year by the History of Lincolnshire Committee. I bought a copy last week but haven’t had the time to read more than a few pages of it (see preceding paragraph) – even without a hard copy, the internet gives you the opportunity to overtake me as the lion’s share of the book is available via Google Books. Green also has a formidable reputation in the realm of Arthurian history, and has published a book on the subject that by all accounts is the polar opposite of the half-baked hokum that dominates the genre (not to mention the medieval English history shelves of most bookshops). He also runs a cracking website,, on the same topic. In among the wealth of material is a journal article, ‘The British Kingdom of Lindsey’, which covers much the same ground as the above-mentioned thesis and book but more than merits a look nonetheless.

Ok, that’s me done. The next time you’ll hear from me will be on the subject of Anglo-Saxon coin distributions or the topography of hundreds and their meeting-places. Until then…

About Robert J S Briggs

Back to being a part-time early medievalist; Surrey born, London based, been known to travel
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