Tag: Britain

Large Viking Age Military Camp Recently Discovered In England

According to a study carried by the University of York and the University of Sheffield, a huge military camp dating to the Viking Age was discovered on the course of River Trent, Lincolnshire, eastern England. The encampment was larger than most neighbouring urban settlements, providing thus shelter for thousands of Viking warriors, as reported by…


The Historical Truth Behind Egbert, The Anglo-Saxon King Of Wessex

Egbert (also known as Ecbriht or Ecberht; referred to as ‘Ecbert’ in History Channel’s ‘Vikings’ TV series) was an Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex during the early 9th century. In the serial, King Egbert is played by English actor Linus Roache, being one of the main characters of the first three seasons. It must be mentioned…


Byriġ: The Early Medieval Anglo-Saxon Fortified Settlements

The Byrig (singular form in Old English: Burh/Burg; pronunciation: [‘burx]) were a series of Anglo-Saxon fortified settlements of the 9th century built as defensive strongholds against the incursions of the Norsemen (mainly Danish Vikings) who had been recurrently raiding and plundering the Anglian kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia. The vast majority of these early medieval forts were…


A Brief Overview On The English Dialects Of The British Isles

The main English dialect of the British Isles is British English. This is the standard form of the English language as written and spoken in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and rather broadly elsewhere throughout the British archipelago. Received Pronunciation is the standard accent of British English in the U.K. With…


The Tale Of Robin Hood And Of Sherwood Forest: Between Fact And Fiction

The folk tale of Robin Hood, the alleged medieval outlaw of Sherwood Forest dressed in Lincoln green who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, has been fascinating historians and readers for many centuries. A rebellious skilled archer who, according to the legend, fought against tyranny, corruption, and imposture in the turbulent times…