How was the built environment used to express power and status?
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A (mercifully) short post today, looking at the remarkably consistent use of food to express power by the elite before the Norman Conquest.
Explaining Viking Trade Weights 'Viking-Age’ trade weights are a widely attested phenomena in Scandinavia, but equally so in England. Manufactured in a…
I’ve recently rediscovered a recording of the first ever conference paper I gave, almost two years ago. It focused on the question of nicknames in the…

December 2022

An Introduction
Large and Archaeologically Distinctive, or Invisible?
Alongside Eadric ‘the Wild’, Hereward ‘the Wake’ occupies a semi-mythological status. Rising in rebellion in 1070 against Norman occupation following…
I am terribly bored by the history of great people. Wars and politics, currency reforms, royal marriages, fiscal policy, state-building, trade treaties…
The Exon Domesday is the surviving record of an earlier stage of the Domesday survey of England in 1086, covering a circuit of the South-West of…

November 2022

Eadric Silvaticus (‘the wild’), who rebelled against king William I in the years after the Norman Conquest of 1066, has become something of a mythical…
A colourful and shocking set of nicknames in early medieval Winchester leave historians as confused as they are amused; what might they have meant?
This Substack sets out to share my research into medieval nicknames. But what are the goals of my research, what am I hoping to achieve, and what can…
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