Category Archives: Annals

Not in my name or theirs: in defence and celebration of the diversity of what I study

In my previous post, I attempted to underline that medieval studies nowadays finds itself in a position of having an unusually high level of political relevance. Not through any moves obviously engineered by academic medievalists, rather through the rise in Europe and the US … Continue reading

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On trying to be a better medievalist (and make the world a better place)

I spent a large chunk of the first few weeks of the new year away from this blog working on a funding application for my PhD research. Consequently, of late, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I study, … Continue reading

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Another Surrey candidate site for the battle of Acleah?

(I had intended to precede this post with one summing up 2016 in terms of this blog, my PhD research etc. Time, alas, is not on my side – I’m typing this preface with a glass of prosecco by my … Continue reading

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Getting to the root of Getinges: tribal memory and group identity in Early Anglo-Saxon Surrey

Recently, I uploaded a revised version of my Nottingham MA dissertation under the Work tab. To sum up its purpose and content in a sentence, the dissertation constitutes a predominantly-linguistic reassessment of all place-names in the historic county of Surrey which might … Continue reading

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Acleah, that is, Junction 7 of the M25? Part 1: Farthing Downs

I know what you’re thinking, that there’s a pretty crazy title, so allow me to commence with some retrospection by way of orientation. A little under a year ago, I wrote a post which went to great lengths to discount a proposal made … Continue reading

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Where exactly was the battle of Acleah?

Welcome to my first ever paginated post, which, if you keep on reading through it, you will discover is concerned first and foremost with the question of the site of a battle fought in the year 851 at a place named in recensions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Aclea (or Acleah, to use … Continue reading

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New work – Reassessing the territorial nomenclature of the Early and Middle Anglo-Saxon periods…

…or, why there was no such thing as a regio in the area of southern England in the sixth century. Having been hard pushed these past few weeks to set aside a few minutes to compose a blog post, I … Continue reading

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