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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 …

Isle of Wight

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Lombards

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

Pondering Britain's Stone Circles

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 …

Religion

Fritigern

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

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 …

Religion

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

Renown for her piety and learning, St. Hilda of Whitby (614-680 CE) is one of the most appealing and yet elusive figures from the Early Middle Ages.

Religion

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 …

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 …

Rome

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 …

Tomb

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 …

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, …

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 …

Somerset Levels

Stonehenge

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

Archaeology

Ostrogoth

The Ostrogoths were the eastern tribe of the Goths (a Germanic people) who rose in power in the area north of the Black Sea. The designation, …

Italy

Ogham

One of the stranger ancient scripts one might come across, Ogham is also known as the ‘Celtic Tree Alphabet’. Estimated to have been used from the …

Irish Language

Ness of Brodgar

The Ness of Brodgar is a Neolithic Age site discovered in 2002 CE through a geophysical survey of the area of land in Stenness in Orkney, Scotland, …

Archaeology

Maeshowe

Maeshowe (pronounced `maze-ow’ or `maze-oo’) is a large Neolithic chambered cairn, dating from between 3000-2800 BCE, in the Stenness parish of …

Orkney

Lindow Man

The Lindow Man (officially Lindow III) is the top half of a male body, found preserved in a peat bog in Cheshire, England.

The peat bogs at Lindow …

Peat

Knap of Howar

The Knap of Howar is a Neolithic site on the island of Papa Westray in Orkney, Scotland. The name is Old Norse for `mound of mounds’ or `large …

Architecture

Futhark

Futhark is a script of alphabetic runes, used to write various Germanic languages. Futhark was in use from the second century CE to the eleventh …

Runes