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The History of England
Shed based History enthusiast, allotment owner, dog walker
Interests: History, allotment, gardening, tennis, dog walking,reading, writing, music
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Hi Socco...we have moved! the new site is at You can see a load of resources there. If you want to see the regnal list specifically, the link is this:
Hi John - yup, well spotted! Its the original Irish folk song a mate played for me - Black Waterside. Bert Jansch and jimmy Page had a spat about who inspired who, since Bert played Black Waterside, and claimed jimmy nicked it when he produced Black Maountain Side...who knows! But given my love of Zep, davie thought it appropriate... come and join the new website by the way - And glad you love the podcast! David
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2017 on 47 The Fall of Jerusalem at The History of England
For the first three the link is probably a combination of a port town, and a regional centre; for London of course additionally the international connection, and the river crossing. Ipswich was also a port, but also linked to the early kings of essex as a major manufacturing site. Come and visit us at the new website by the way-
Thanks Gene - I have to tell you it's fun to do though, or I probably wouldn't manage it! If you do come back to this - visit the new website at
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2017 on Maps: 500 - 1000 at The History of England
A thelstan was a dynamic and effective ruler, in war, law, and diplomacy. As a war leader he established at least nominal overlordship of all Britain; his marriage alliances included the greatest of European rulers; and he increased the age of legal responsibility from 12 to 16. 21 His Years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Anglo Saxon England Podcast
I thought essentially it has three names - Treaty of Westminster, Winchester, Wallingford. Could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time...
The story of a brother and a sister - Æthelflæd and Edward, and their bid to reclaim the lands of the Danelaw, the north and east of England being settled by the Danes 20 English Reconquest On the eve of the reconquest in 912 The map below gives an idea... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Anglo Saxon England Podcast
Hello Jay. I listened to that episode a little while ago - and was horrified at the speed. I get more measured...glad you are enjoying it anyway. Come and see the new site at
In 892, the vikings returned - and found a very different, much better prepared Wessex waiting for them. Until in 899, Alfred died to be succeeded by his Son, Edward, who would in the end turn the tables on the Vikings. 19 Pillar of the Western People Views of Alfred... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Anglo Saxon England Podcast
Hi Hibernia..and you could be right! Sadly, I don't know who to check it with, but it looks like an very plausible solution.
Hi Roger in Seattle. And I understand. Really. By the way, there's a new website at And thank you very much for the kind words. Love it.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on Maps: Medieval Europe at The History of England
Alfred had earned Wessex and period of respite, between 878 and 892. In this time, Alfred laid the foundations not just for the defense against renewed invasions, but for the successes of the 10th century. 18 Reconstruction and Defence The Burghal Hidage By Hel-hama - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Anglo Saxon England Podcast
Hi Akbar - yes indeed - just published 1485-1714 on the new site -
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2016 on 1270-1500 at The History of England
Between 871 and 878, Wessex came close to extinction, as the Great Heathen Army, the Great Summer Army, and Guthrum the Dane came to conquer. 17 Alfred and the Fight for Survival The Campaigns In 870 the Great Heathen Army turns its attention to Wessex. The first campaign of 871... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Anglo Saxon England Podcast
Henry VII's ambitions were to rule in the French style - to better control and increase his income. He gathered around him bureaucrats - new men he could trust and who depended on him rather than the nobility of the court. 199 The New Men Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at The History of England
Hi Matt, and invitation accepted! Sadly I have only ever been once to Cheltenham, but there's always time and I'm part its a lovely part of the world. Plus, no one has ever called me a legend before, so as far as I cam concerned you can spell anything anyway you like.
W E ' V E M O V E D !! I know, what a pain. But there's a bright new shiny site now at which is much easier to use. This is where new podcast episodes will be posted from now on - starting with 199 The New... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at The History of England
Everything changed for Anglo Saxon England in 866; the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok came for conquest, not just treasure and slaves. 16 The Great Heathen Army The Arrival in East Anglia, 866 In 866, a great Heathen Army, micel heathen here, arrived on the shores of East Anglia. It is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Anglo Saxon England Podcast
How delightful! Thanks Judy. The Tudors are here...though only the rather forgotten one at the moment.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2016 on 175 An Unholy Alliance at The History of England
It is a heady prospect! Still, as it happens I am now feeling slightly guilty since I've taken a part time short term contract...slowing me down a bit. Should be up and running within 10 days though!
Oh I think you are entitled Konstantin! And thanks...
Thanks Mike!
Yes Konstantin, we are indeed besides ourselves. It feels very similar to the pain of Brexit. I like the term Remoaners, amongst whom I count myself...
In 1485 and 1486 Henry established the foundations of his reign through parliament, and established his household. The relationship between his wife and his mother would always be a matter of some debate. 198 Mothers and Wives The Parliament of 1485 Henry's first parliament would define much of the rest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at The History of England
As you say. Oh My God.