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Here you will find scores of well-researched essays on many aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Viking life. Like to know how parchment was made? Or learn about slavery during the ninth century?  What kind of games Anglo-Saxon kids (and adults) played? Or maybe you’re interested in the clothes people wore when Ælfred was king. From architecture to the naming of swords, it’s all here, and much more.  Enter the Great Hall to see more. I wrote these essays when I was researching my historic adventure novel saga, The Circle of Ceridwen. I had learnt so much about pre-Conquest life that I wanted to share the information in entertaining, easy to understand essays. I’m proud that many schools and universities around the world provide links to my essays to their students!

wes thu hal
be whole and hearty, in Old English
Octavia-Randolph-signoff

The Circle of Ceridwen Saga

Young women with courage. Swords with names. Vikings with tattoos. Warfare. Passion. Survival. Sheep. And Other Good Things…


Set in war-torn 9th century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the worst of the Viking predation, it tells the tale of the coming of age of 15 year old Ceridwen and her struggles to resolve the conflicts of divided political loyalties and the pull between heathen and Christian realms.

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