Author Archives: Robert J S Briggs

About Robert J S Briggs

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

Kingston upon Thames: ‘Where England Began’, and bad history for good (and not-so-good) causes?

The following post follows on from this one, and concludes (for the time being at least) my look at Anglo-Saxon-period Kingston upon Thames that began with this paper. Kingston upon Thames as a 21st-century town wears its “Anglo-Saxon” history more … Continue reading

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Kingston upon Thames, the Coronation Stone, and digging a bit deeper to get past the nonsense

Not for the first time, what started as a modest but interesting idea that popped into my head and that I thought could be fleshed out a little through a “quick blog” has ballooned into something much, much larger. So, … Continue reading

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New work: Kingston upon Thames revisited

Nowadays, you’ll find me in Kingston upon Thames maybe four times a week as it’s my main place of work. However, save for a driving lesson in 2003 when I passed through but didn’t actually set foot in the town, … Continue reading

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Surrey Medieval, the rest of 2018 edition

Last week was by most metrics a horrendous week. Just as you thought it couldn’t get any worse, so it did. Day after bleeding day. I’m glad to report this week was a bit better, but didn’t undo any of … Continue reading

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Surrey Medieval is alive and well

I really didn’t mean to leave it so long. Surrey Medieval has been going for several years now, and in that time I’ve seen numerous great (or could-have-been-great-if-only-their-authors-had-stuck-at-it) blogs come and go. I think this is the longest I’ve left … Continue reading

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The past couple of months in medieval studies: a reading list pulled from my phone

Here’s a quick post gathering together some of the online outpouring of exciting pieces of writing that have catalysed, reported or critiqued the debates and changes currently afoot in the world of (academic) medieval studies. They focus on issues of … Continue reading

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An interrupting interruption

I’ll get straight to the point. After months of frustration, followed by a sudden stroke of inspiration and then a lot of deliberation, I’ve made the arrangements necessary to interrupt – that is, take time out from (I never know … Continue reading

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