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    Archeological sources - Northumbria 7th Century

    A POD sometime before 642? To set up a different result at an alt-Battle of Maserfield? The best source on Roman roads, if you can find a copy, is Margary’s Roman Roads in Britain. It probably won’t tell you what routes were still in use but knowing what road was where will be useful. This is...
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    Miscellaneous <1900 (Alternate) History Thread

    Even an amateur historian (like me) can tell you that reliance on one source (and a secondary source at that) is bad methodology. However, for writing an alternative history, such claims are a veritable gold mine. There is a way to resolve the issue. At the end of that blog, Abernathy lists...
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    Threads from "An Old English Tapestry"

    So, this thread is not dead. Updates will be even more irregular than they have been over the past year... maybe I should declare it as being on hiatus... Anyhoo, the reason being that Clio put another idea in my head which I'm working out with the help of a friendly ASB. Wyrd bið ful aræd.
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    Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown: A Timeline of the Owain Glyndwr Uprising and its Consequences

    Whilst the annalists/chroniclers/historians are often our best (and only) source of information, they can be a bit 'wibbly-wobbly'. I almost suggested something similar a couple of days ago ie your post could have stood if it was lifted from a 'history' but you wrote from Lawgoch's perspective...
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    Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown: A Timeline of the Owain Glyndwr Uprising and its Consequences

    Perhaps I should have asked this earlier: What is your source for Lawgoch having 8000 men in the Guernsey attack?
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    Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown: A Timeline of the Owain Glyndwr Uprising and its Consequences

    Good question. The short answer, I don't know. A slightly longer answer: The information I gave came from two sources. The number of men came from the Wikipedia article on Gaunt. The ship number came from a 2013 book England's Medieval Navy 1066-1509 by Susan Rose. The 86 ships were supplemented...
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    Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown: A Timeline of the Owain Glyndwr Uprising and its Consequences

    Not my thing either. 'Frustratingly vague answers' is a polite way of summing up my attempts to find more accurate numbers on men and ships for you. The 'best' - ie an example closest in time and intent - I could find was John of Gaunt's 1386 expedition to Castille which was around 5000 men in...
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    Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown: A Timeline of the Owain Glyndwr Uprising and its Consequences

    That seems an awful lot of troops for such a small number of transports. Well I certainly did. Enjoy it, that is. Looking forward to more.
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    Kings naming their kids after obscure saints

    Except it was the Plantagenets (Henry III) who returned the obscure Old English names of (St) Edward and (St) Edmund to royal use.
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    The Rainbow. A World War One on Canada's West Coast Timeline

    Agreed. Whether this application of Rule 303 would have consequences is another question.
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    With Elizabeth Stuart as monarch, might the English Civil War have been avoided? [Spectator article]

    Quite possibly outside the scope suggested by the OP but @BigDestiny had an ATL. Unfortunately it hasn't been updated in over a year.
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    The Rainbow. A World War One on Canada's West Coast Timeline

    Heartily endorse this comment. I look forward to your next project @YYJ .
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    Aethelred I lives long enough to deny Alfred the throne

    Except the agreement – and admittedly Asser’s description of said advisory leaves a lot to be desired – that Æthelwulf’s sons would succeed each other in turn seems to have had little to do with worsening Viking raids. In 868, Alfred extracted from his brother Æthelred a modification of the...
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    WI: No Norman England, no centralised French Kingdom

    Hello @Crim . You have made some very astute observations. However – there is always an however - some errors of fact have crept into your exposition. Harold was half-Danish. Harold’s second wife was Edith, daughter of Earl Ælfgar – Edith was the sister of the earls Edwin and Morcar. (And yes...
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    AHC/WI: Alfred the greatests

    The problem – and it has been noted in discussions on this board before – is that OTL resilience of the line of Cerdic and the survival and consolidation of Wessex and its eventual expansion into England already looks like a wank. It is only my opinion, hopefully a realistic one rather than a...
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    AHC/WI: Alfred the greatests

    Interesting WI. My two cents: A generation early? Do you mean Alfred achieved what his son (Edward) and daughter (Æthelflæd) accomplished? Or perhaps what his grandson (Athelstan) achieved? Or perhaps the England that his great-grandson (Edgar) inherited? (Bear in mind England had been...
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    PC: In a failed Norman Conquest, would an influx of continental Germans make English "Anglish"?

    Thank you for your response. Does the (very interesting) information provided answer my question? Probably not... which is my fault for not making myself clear. When did the reduction of OE cases take place?
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    PC: In a failed Norman Conquest, would an influx of continental Germans make English "Anglish"?

    Where? As in, where can we see that? As in, can I see the evidence that supports this statement? As in, can you please provide a link?
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    The Rainbow. A World War One on Canada's West Coast Timeline

    Thank you @YYJ . Best wishes for your future endeavours.
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    “It is better to cure a sick man than to kill him.” A Northumbrian Survival Timeline

    Is he based on one man? Probably too obvious but going by his last name I'm going to suggest he is an amalgam of Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell. Given his fighting abilities, probably more Cromwell than Cranmer.
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