Category Archives: Viking

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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Kalamazoo and other stories

After a mad March, April was a quiet (or unmemorable?) month, which was probably for the best as I had to prepare myself for another 12-day trip to North America, built around the 50th edition of the International Congress of Medieval … Continue reading

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Richard III’s back in the ground, let’s look at some Anglo-Saxon coins

Ugh. I hate leaving so long between posts – and then reviving part-drafted pieces which no longer have the same degree of relevance as when commenced (but more about that presently). Not exactly an earth-shattering admission, but I’ve had my … Continue reading

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Acleah, that is, Junction 7 of the M25? Part 2: Ockley Wood and environs

This post concerns the second half of my walk over the North Downs of East Surrey – first half here if you need to catch up – which now seems a long time ago but in fact was not (my perception may have something to … 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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Settling back in to student life

You find me midway through my second week of being a student again. A postgraduate student, I hasten to add – I don’t think I have the stamina to be an undergrad a second time around (that, and I didn’t … Continue reading

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