North & Central European History

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Celts

The ancient Celts were various population groups living in several parts of Europe north of the Mediterranean region from the Late Bronze Age …

Legends of the Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire

The Rollright Stones is the collective name for a group of enigmatic prehistoric monuments located next to an ancient ridgeway known as the Jurassic …

Paganism

Ireland

Ireland is an island country located in the North Atlantic, bounded by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St. George's Channel. It is known as …

Ireland

Newgrange

Newgrange is a Neolithic monument located in the region of Bru na Boinne, County Meath, Ireland. The name is fairly modern and comes from the 'newer' …

Paganism

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick (5th century CE) is the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most successful Christian missionaries in history. He was a Roman …

St. Patrick's Day

Poulnabrone

Poulnabrone is a passage tomb in the region known as the Burren, County Clare, Ireland. The name means "Hole of the Quern Stones", but the site is …

Ireland

Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is an ancient Neolithic Age site in County Meath, Ireland. It was known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the site of …

Ireland

Cerdic

Cerdic (reigned 519-534 CE) was King of the West Saxons and the founder of Wessex. His influence was so profound that later genealogies of the …

Ancient History

Samo

Samo (reigned 623/624-658 CE) was a king of the Slavs who was responsible for the foundation of the first recorded political entity of the Slavic …

Ancient History

Franks

The Franks were a confederation of Germanic tribes that was originally composed of a mix of groups settled between the Rhine and the Weser Rivers. …

Picts

The Picts were a people of northern Scotland who are defined as a "confederation of tribal units whose political motivations derived from a need to …

Catholicism

Alboin

Alboin (reigned 560-572 CE) was a king of the Lombards who led his people into Italy and founded the Kingdom of the Lombards which lasted from …

Ancient History

Huns

The Huns were a nomadic tribe whose origin is unknown but, most likely, they came from "somewhere between the eastern edge of the Altai Mountains and …

History

The Saxons

The Saxons were a Germanic tribe that originally occupied the region which today is the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. …

History

Gaiseric

Gaiseric (reigned 428-478 CE, also known as Genseric and Geiseric) was the greatest king of the Vandals who remained undefeated from the time he took …

Africa

Lombards

The Lombards were a Germanic tribe that originated in Scandinavia and migrated to the region of Pannonia (modern-day Hungary). Their migration is …

Migration

Pondering Britain's Stone Circles

Grand, centuries-old cathedrals distinguish Great Britain’s cities and towns, providing spiritual nourishment to those who visit. These places of …

Rick Steves

Clovis I

Clovis I (or Chlodovech, 466-511 or 513 CE), king of the Franks, is considered the founding father of the Merovingian dynasty, which would continue …

Ancient History

Fritigern

Fritigern (also Fritigernus, died c. 380 CE) was a Visigothic king best known as the victor of the decisive Battle of Adrianople in 378 CE, which …

Military

Athanaric

Athanaric (died c. 381 CE) was a king of the Thervingi Goths (also known as the Visigoths) and, according to some sources, the first and greatest …

Religion

The Goths

The Goths were a Germanic tribe who are frequently referenced for their part in the fall of the Roman Empire and their subsequent rise to power in …

History

Hilda of Whitby - A Ray of Light in the “Dark Ages”

In this special guest post, Ms. Susan Abernethy of <b>The Freelance History Writer</b> introduces <b>Ancient History et cetera</b> readers to the compelling life and …

Medieval

Slavs

The term "Slavs" designates an ethnic group of people who share a long-term cultural continuity and who speak a set of related languages known as the …

Mythology

Alemanni

The Alemanni (also known as the Alamanni and the Alamans, meaning "All Men" or "Men United") were a confederacy of Germanic-speaking people who …

Ancient History

Locmariaquer

Locmariaquer is a Stone Age site in north-west France distinguished by its two large stone tombs and massive granite standing stone or menhir. The …

Ancient History

Saint Boniface

Saint Boniface (or in Dutch the Heilige Bonifatius) is one of the most famous saints in the Netherlands. His real name was Wynfreth and he lived from …

Paganism

Carnac

Carnac, located on the north-west coast of France, is the site of the largest concentration of megalithic monuments in the world. Over 100 monuments, …

Archaeology

The Sweet Track

The Sweet Track is a Neolithic timber walkway, located in the Somerset Levels, England. It was originally part of a network of tracks built to …

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a Neolithic / Bronze Age monument located on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, southern England. The first monument on the site, began around …