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  • n. a dialect of Middle English
  • n. a literary dialect of Old English
  • n. an inhabitant of Wessex


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  • Wantage is a pretty market town, and the birthplace of ninth-century West Saxon monarch King Alfred.

    Enjoy the Ride

  • Bede refers to the West Saxon assassination attempt as if it were carried out by a single individual, so at most it was presumably a very small group - and whether any of them survived to go home at all must be somewhat doubtful!

    Early medieval armies: campaigning range

  • A battle in Derbyshire could be logically explained if the West Saxon king heard his assassination attempt had failed, feared the expected vengeance, and marched north to try and get his retaliation in first before Eadwine had recovered.

    Early medieval armies: campaigning range

  • Northumbria and the West Saxon kingdoms are further apart – York to Winchester is about 200 miles, Bamburgh to Winchester is over 300 miles – so we can reasonably infer that in this battle at least one army had travelled a considerable distance from their home territory.

    Early medieval armies: campaigning range

  • As so often, the interpretations aren't mutually incompatible; a battle in Derbyshire could have been part of a larger campaign that reached further afield into West Saxon territory.

    Early medieval armies: campaigning range

  • Well, she's a descendant of Woden through the West Saxon royal family and the entire British armed forces swear loyalty to her and her ministers rather than to any parliamentary majority, and so I'd say one way or another she's a little bit more than an EU citizen.

    [blair house blues] exercise in pettiness

  • Recognisably Brittonic names appear in the genealogies of the Anglian kings of Lindsey (Caedbaed, undated, possibly early seventh century) and the West Saxon royal house (Cerdic, possibly legendary founder, late fifth century; Cadwalla, late seventh century).

    Brittonic names in ‘Anglo-Saxon’ genealogies, and vice versa

  • Bede explicitly says that he was a member of the West Saxon royal dynasty Book IV ch.

    Brittonic names in ‘Anglo-Saxon’ genealogies, and vice versa

  • Also, I don't know whether the early British church had assistant or subordinate bishops who could be referred to by the same title rather in the way that the West Saxon kingdom could happily have five kings in the same period.

    A Bishop of Chester?

  • I'll guess that as the West Saxon state coalesced, whatever cavalry it had earlier gave way to an alternate form of action against local raiders, marching on them in overwhelming force.

    Chester in the seventh century: surviving infrastructure


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