39 episodes

Series 1 is a concise social and political history of England from the 5th to 11th centuries.
Series 2 is a social history how society and lordship worked during and directly after the migration period. It then looks at how that culture evolved, as the impact of economic development and the Viking invasions wrought changes in lordship and political structures. It looks also at the landscape - how it affected peoples' lives, how the Anglo Saxons shaped it in turn - and some of the marks ordinary people left for us to see today. And lastly, it considers whether the Norman conquest effected deep change or merely accelerated processes already underway.
Sister series of The History of England podcast, with which is shares the contents of Series 1.

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Anglo Saxon England Podcast David Crowther

    • History
    • 4.8 • 261 Ratings

Series 1 is a concise social and political history of England from the 5th to 11th centuries.
Series 2 is a social history how society and lordship worked during and directly after the migration period. It then looks at how that culture evolved, as the impact of economic development and the Viking invasions wrought changes in lordship and political structures. It looks also at the landscape - how it affected peoples' lives, how the Anglo Saxons shaped it in turn - and some of the marks ordinary people left for us to see today. And lastly, it considers whether the Norman conquest effected deep change or merely accelerated processes already underway.
Sister series of The History of England podcast, with which is shares the contents of Series 1.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    2.1 Land, Lordship and People - Introduction

    2.1 Land, Lordship and People - Introduction

    I am reviving my old Anglo Saxon England podcast, with a new, limited series of 9 episodes about Anglo Saxon society, and what made it tick. This episode tell you what, why, and when.
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    • 15 min
    2.2 The Old and the New

    2.2 The Old and the New

    The departure of Rome from Britain and the Romano British society that follows is the story of many generations. After a brief overview the episode turns to consider some alternate theories of one aspect of the period - the adventus saxonum.
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    • 39 min
    2.3 The Early Settlers

    2.3 The Early Settlers

    The culture of the early Free farmers of the Germanic settlers valued family, kinship and lordship. Oxfordshire may have been one of the earliest areas of settlement, fitting initially into the Romano British states they find as they arrive - such as at the old Roman town of Dorchester. From there they begin to settle the places that offer the best chance of prosterity; and leave their mark in place names on the landscape.
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    • 48 min
    2.4 Extensive Lordship and the Scir

    2.4 Extensive Lordship and the Scir

    The 7th and 8th centuries saw the gradual development of territorial grouping, with tribal and political identities, focussed on the lord or king. Despite more well defined hierarchies, lordship remained relatively light, based on lords who travelled from place to place. At tribute centres, they would to meet with their people and receive their tribute, and in return offer their largesse, counsel and listen to local concerns. Relationships remained customary and personal, not formal based on tenancy, legal or contractual ties.
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    • 47 min
    2.5 Life on the Inland

    2.5 Life on the Inland

    As 7th century turns into 8th, society becomes a little more hierarchical; tribute centres like Rendlesham begin to disappear for more permanent royal sites. But more significant for the life of many Ceorlisc families, was the arrival of Christianity. Because the new religion brought with it new institutions - priests, minsters, monasteries. These institutions required permanent establishments and households. And to support them, more is required from the land. Technology will help, and new, more intensively farmed Inland estates. But to work them, and new breed of peasant farmer will be needed.
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    • 52 min
    2.6 Life in Warland

    2.6 Life in Warland

    Warland was held by all free Anglo Saxon families, and so called because the resources of the land were to be used for the waru, defence of the land. That might mean military defence - but it was a much more general concept that tha - it was to be used in defence of the health and well being of the community. The responsibilities of the holder of warland were extensive, public, participatory and based on the cconcept of custom and reciprocity
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
261 Ratings

261 Ratings

Lee_BNA ,

Pay attention, folks...

Pay attention, folks, THIS is how to podcast.
David Crowther is an artiste of podcasting, though he might cringe at that snooty description. Engaging, intelligent, informative, and witty, he's far and away my favorite podcaster. I marvel at how his delivery of his well-prepared content comes across as seemingly spontaneous. Yep, anyone who can have me on the edge of my seat waiting to hear the next new episode about Anglo-Saxon history has to be an artiste!

Lori Van ,

Anglo Saxon England

I’ve listened and relistened to all the episodes and always pick up new information and insights—it’s such a juicy funny entertaining podcast!

Tim_MN ,

So glad I found this

It’s great to find a history of this period that focuses on “ordinary” life, not just the rulers and political events.

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