Showing posts with label england. Show all posts
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18 March 2015

Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain

Anglo-Saxon warhelmet

Published, edited, images added, captions written & annotations/comments (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig
Map: 6th-century-Britain-
areas colored red, are
 Germanic-occupied
 
(Written by: Encyclopædia Britannica's editorial staff)


Anglo-Saxon, term used historically to describe any member of the Germanic peoples who, from the 5th century AD to the time of the Norman Conquest (1066 AD), inhabited and ruled territories that are today part of England and Wales.

12 December 2013

Woden


Published, edited, annotations (in red) & images added by Kenneth S. Doig

(written by Janet Farrar:
http://www.wicca.utvinternet.com/woden.htm

RUNECRAFT: (*Wóðenæs, or by the pronunciations of the selfsame name, as pronounced by the several Scando-Germanic dialects and possibly more importantly WHEN (what century) any given Suebo-Gothonic tribe, nation, group, had mangled thru non-static 
syncretism, syncope, apocope, lenition, consonant-mutation, apheresis, elision, disfixation, fortition, metathesis, assimilation, cheshirization, assibilation, phonotactics, morpheme-clipping and so on; ad nauseam.  morphemes. [linguistically/phonologically].) 

websource: Angelcynn


The (one of the slightly varying) reconstructed (using the CM or comparative-method. The Proto-Northwest Germanic "PNWGmc", c. 300 AD,) etymon given here, *Wóðenaz
All the different forms, {Odin, Woden, Óðinn, Wuotan, Wotan, etc.}, sees are not nicknames, they are NOT distant-relatives of each other, etc; they are the SAME exact word, as pronounced through time {"c. 300 AD to present, by different Gmc offshoot languages, each with its own, ever-changing phonological systems}*Wóðenaz, *Wódinaz, *Wóðanaz, *Wóðinaz, etc., {nominative-singular}

01 November 2013

British placenames : an etymology

whitehorse, UK
Published, edited, italicized, formatted,annotated (in redletter) & images added by Kenneth S. Doig
Map of late Neolithic cultures in Europe - Eupedia
(from Wikipedia)
Placenames in England derive from various linguistic origins. Modern interpretations are apt to be inexact: many English forms and names have been corrupted and broken down over the years, due to changes in language and culture which have caused the original meaning to be lost. 

In some cases, words used in place names are derived

21 October 2013

þá gewisse : "a Saxon by any other name.."

SÚÐSÉAXISC WÍGEND / SOUTH-
SAXON WARRIOR
Published, edited, formatted, annotated (in redletter) & images added by Kenneth S. Doig
Map of Mid 6th Century Britain - © Nash Ford Publishing
Britain in late-sixth century. Greenish areas are
Under Germanic, "Anglo-Saxon", or as this
mapmaker calls them, with an Arthurian flair "Saxons"
He uses "Saxons" to mean other Gmc invaders. (Mapsource:
Early British Kingdoms. Website & map created by David
Ford Nash. 
I highly recommend his colorful, entertaining
site with a wealth of well-written history, facts &
legend. EBK)

(from Wikipedia)
The Gewisse /jɛˈwiːsə/ (Old English; Latin: Geuissæ) was a tribe or clan of Anglo-Saxon England, based in the upper-Thames region around Dorchester on Thames. 

Etymology The name of the tribe may be derived from an Old English word for "reliable" or "sure", (cf. German gewiss = "certain, sure"). The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle presents an eponymous ancestor figure, named Giwis. 


Eilert Ekwall proposed that the similarity in toponymy between the kingdoms of the Gewisse and Hwicce suggests a common origin. 

14 October 2013

ORIGIN OF THE ANGLO-SAXON RACE (part II)


Published, italicized, formatted, edited, annotated (in red) & images added by Kenneth S. Doig 
ORIGIN OF THE ANGLO-SAXON RACE
BY THE LATE THOMAS WILLIAM SHORE AUTHOR OF 'A HISTORY OF HAMPSHIRE,' ETC, 
HONORARY SECRETARY LONDON AND MIDDLESEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY; HONORARY 
ORGANISING SECRETARY OF THE HAMPSHIRE FIELD CLUB AND 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 

EDITED BY HIS SONS 
T.W. SHORE AND L.E. SHORE 
LONDON 
ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.G. 
1906 
Modern-day Scania (Skåne) Sweden's
southernmost province, ground zero
of the Germanic urheimat. Whence most,
if not all Germanic peoples' place
of origin.
n
(from: archive.org)
(continued from previous post)
..[..The Old English place-names of which the words men or man form part, and which do not appear to be

08 October 2013

"ORIGIN OF THE ANGLO-SAXON RACE" by Thomas W. Shore


Published, edited, comments (in red) & images added by Kenneth S. Doig
ORIGIN OF THE ANGLO-SAXON RACE 
(websource: us.archive.org)
BY THE LATE THOMAS WILLIAM SHORE 

AUTHOR OF 'A HISTORY OF HAMPSHIRE,' ETC, 
HONORARY SECRETARY LONDON AND MIDDLESEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY; HONORARY ORGANISING SECRETARY OF THE HAMPSHIRE FIELD CLUB AND 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 

EDITED BY HIS SONS: T.W.SHORE AND L.E.SHORE 
LONDON, ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.G. 1906
CHAPTER I 

INTRODUCTION
If we had no contemporary information of the settlement, for instance, of 

08 July 2013

'Béowulf'; the poem (part I thru VII)

(Mapsource: www.csicop.org)

Late-Proto-Germania, c. 400 AD. South-Scandinavia,
extreme northern (modern-day) Germany & the
northwestern Netherlands. Actually, far-southern
(today's) Sweden (Scania or Skåne) should be purple,
as it was here Danish tribes originated. Until the late
Middle-Ages, this area was also known as Östdanmark
or East-Denmark. K. Doig
(mapsource: Wikipedia)
Published, edited, formatted, images added by & comments/annotations (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2003.01.0001%3Acard%3D499
I þurh VII (I thru VII) 

Hwæt, wē Gār-Dena      in gēardagum,
þēodcyninga      þrym gefrūnon,
hū ðā æþelingas      ellen fremedon !
     Oft Scyld Scēfing      sceaþena þrēatum,
5monegum mǣgþum      meodosetla oftēah,
egsode eorl[as],      syððan ǣrest wearð
fēasceaft funden;      hē þæs frōfre gebād,
wēox under wolcnum      weorðmyndum þāh,
oð þæt him ǣghwylc      ymbsittendra
10ofer hronrāde      hȳran scolde,
gomban gyldan;      þæt wæs gōd cyning!
Ðǣm eafera wæs      æfter cenned

13 April 2013

Early Germanic (Scando-Teutonic) peoples


c. 1 AD
  
PUBLISHED, EDITED, IMAGES ADDED & COMMENTARY (IN RED) BY KENNETH S. DOIG
(Encyclopædia Britannica)

Germanic peoples, also called Teutonic Peoples, any of the Indo-European speakers of Germanic languages.


The origins of the Germanic peoples are obscure. During the late Bronze-Age, they are believed to have inhabited southern Sweden, the Danish peninsula, and northern Germany between the Ems River on the west, the Oder River on the east, and the Harz Mountains on the south. 


PROTO-GERMANIA C. 100 BC
The Vandals, Gepidae, and Goths migrated from southern Sweden in the closing centuries BC and occupied the area of the southern Baltic coast roughly between the Oder on the west and the Vistula River on the east. 

At an early date there was also migration toward the south and west at the expense of the Celtic peoples who then inhabited much of western Germany. 

The Celtic Helvetii, for example, who were confined by the Germanic peoples to the area that is now Switzerland in the 1st century BC  had once extended as far east as the Main River.

By the time of Julius Caesar, Germans were established west of the Rhine River and toward the south had reached the Danube River.

07 March 2013

Germanic religion and mythology : in depth




Published, edited, images added and annotations/commentary (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig

(FROM:ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA)
Germanic religion and mythology, complex of stories, lore, and beliefs about the gods and the nature of the cosmos developed by the Germanic-speaking peoples before their conversion to Christianity.


Germanic culture extended, at various times, from the Black Sea to Greenland, or even the North American continent. Germanic religion played an important role in shaping the civilization of Europe. 


But since the Germanic peoples of the Continent and of England were converted to Christianity in comparatively early times, it is not surprising that less is known about the gods whom they used to worship and the forms of their religious cults than about those of Scandinavia, where Germanic religion survived until relatively late in the Middle-Ages.

08 February 2013

Anglo-Saxon England : Britain before & after the Scando-Germanic advent c. AD 450



PUBLISHED, EDITED, IMAGES ADDED & ANNOTATIONS (IN RED) BY KENNETH S. DOIG














WEBSOURCE: http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/4301f98/oct12.html 

Before the Germanic invasions Celts -
Prior to the Germanic invasions Britain was inhabited by various Celtic tribes who were united by common speech, customs, and religion. Each tribe was headed by a king and was divided by class into druids (priests), warrior-nobles, and commoners. 



The lack of political unity made them vulnerable to their enemies. During the first century, Britain was conquered and subjugated by Rome. 

During the next three hundred years, Rome legions provided the politically discordant Britons the protection necessary to secure the country from attack.

Migration of the Germanic speaking people When Britain gained "independence" from Rome in the year 410AD, the Roman legions withdrew leaving the country vulnerable to invaders. Soon after the withdrawal of Roman troops, inhabitants from the north began attacking the Britons. 



GREAT BRITAIN, 4TH CENTURY AD:
CELTIC POLITIES/TRIBES, VIRTUALLY ALL BRYTHONIC-CELTS. ONE CAN SEE THE EARLY 
GOIDELIC-CELTIC FOOTHOLD (DALRIADA, ON SCOTLAND'S WESTCOAST) GOIDELIC-CELTS FROM IRELAND, GAELS A.K.A. SCOTS, A MEDIEVAL TERM 
In response to these attacks, individual towns sought help from the Foedarati, who were Roman mercenaries of German origin, for the defense of the northern parts of England.

As the legend has been told, a man named Hengest arrived on the shores of Britain with "3 keels" of warriors in 450AD. 

This event is known in Latin as the aduentus saxonum, or the coming of the Saxons. At this time, the Foedarati stopped defending Britain and began conquering the territories on the southern and eastern shores of the country.


These invaders drove the Britons to the north and west. The Saxons called the native Britons, 'wealas', which meant foreigner, and from this term came the modern word Welsh. Eight to ten years later many British aristocrats (Celts) and city dwellers began migrating to Brittany, an event known as the second migration. 


Although there were many different Germanic tribes migrating to England, several stood out from among the others, such as the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians, and Franks. (Anglo-Saxon map) 
The Angles migrated from Denmark 

(Jutland was not at that time part of Denmark as there was no Denmark yet; no state, no kingdom nor any polity. Nor had the Scando-Teutonic languages [except East-Germanic] become separate languages. Late-Proto-Northwest Germanic "PNWGmc" was spoken in all Teutono-Gothonic [another term for Germanic] from Scandinavia to the areas of southern modern-day Germany. 

This was the period that Proto-NWGmc began glossogenesis, the formation of the tripartite NWGmc subfamily; North-Germanic "NGmc", e.g., Norse, Swedish, etc., West-Gmc, e.g., the High-German dialect of southern Germany, the Alps and Frankish, ancestor to modern standard-Hollandic or Dutch

The third branch is Peninsular-Germanic, direct ancestor to Ingvaeonic [a.k.a., Northsea Germanic & Anglo-Frisian], e.g., Anglic, Saxon, Frisian, Jutish, Anglo-Saxon,  English, Scots, Low-German, etc.) and the Saxons from northern Germany. 

There is some debate as to the exact origin of the Jutes, since linguistic evidence suggests that they came from the Jutland peninsula. 



While archaeological evidence suggests an origin from one of the northern Frankish realms near the mouth of the Rhine river. The Frisians and Franks migrated mainly from the lowcountries and northwestern Germany.

During the sixth and seventh centuries these Germanic invaders started to carve out kingdoms, fighting both the native Britons and each other for land.  

First called Saxons, the German invaders were later referred to as Angles, and in the year 601AD the pope referred to Aethelbert of Kent as Rex Anglorum ("Angles' king").



As time passed, the differences between the Germanic tribal cultures gradually unified until eventually they ceased referring to themselves by their individual origins and became either Anglo-Saxon or English. (map of England 650-750AD)

As Old-English began to evolve, four major dialects emerged which were Kentish, spoken by the Jutes, West-Saxon, the Saxon dialect, and Northumbrian and Mercian, subdivisions of the dialect spoken by the Angles. 


By the 9th century, partly through the influence of King Alfred, the West-Saxon dialect became prevalent in literature which aided the dialect's dominance among scholars.

Soon after the Germanic invasions, the inhabitants gave their settlements new names. The most common Saxon place names are those ending in -ton (fenced area), -wick (dwelling), -ham (home), -worth (homestead), -den (pasture), -hurst (wooded hill), and -burn (stream). 



SCANDINAVIAN-CONTROLLED &/OR 
SCANDINAVIAN-SETTLED AREAS (PINK) 
c. 1000AD

Some settlement names began with more than one word which either stated personal possession or described a physical description of the area and would later evolve into one word. One example of this evolution would be the word Chatham which was originally Ceattan hám (Ceatta's home). 

Conversion to Christianity -

By the year 550AD, the native Britons had been converted to Christianity and the religion became firmly established within their culture. Attempts by the Britons to convert the Anglo-Saxon pagans were futile. 

At the end of the sixth century through the successful efforts of a Christian mission led by Augustine, a representative of the Roman church, Christianity was established within the highest echelons of English society by the prompt conversion of the kings of Essex, East-Anglia, Northumbria, and Kent. 


Sees were then established at Canterbury, Rochester, London and York. However, the four kingdoms soon relapsed into paganism, and initially, only Kent was reconverted. 



The evangelistic initiative then passed to the Scottish church and by the end of the seventh century, England had been reconverted.

After the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons, problems arose with the Celtic Christians (or the Britons). 


The Celtic church had ceased communication with Roman church for almost two centuries and did not practice the new theological ideas brought to the Anglo-Saxons by Augustine.

In particular, they used an older method of calculating the date on which Easter was to be held. Representatives from the two churches met with Oswiu, the king of Northumbria, who was then asked to choose between the two missions. 


Oswiu chose Rome. Although the Celtic church found favor with some of the later kings, the Roman church was the more dominant of the two. 

The largest number of Latin words was introduced as altar, mass, priest, psalm, temple, kitchen, palm, and pear. A result of the spread of Christianity. 

Such as the 8th century and the beginning of the Viking-raids. The first major raid by Vikings occurred in the year 793 at the Northumbrian monastery at Lindisfarne

The Vikings would continue major raids along most of the southern and eastern coasts of England for a decade. About 40 Scandinavian (Old-Norse) words were introduced into Old-English during this period.


THUNDERGOD,
THUNOR, "ÞUNOR", OHG "DONAR", NORSE,
"THOR": ETYMON TO OUR WORD "THUNDER"
Words acquired during this period pertained to the sea and the Scandinavian administrative-system. Some examples of these borrowings are law, take, cut, anger, wrong, freckle, both, ill, ugly, as well as, the verb form 'are'. 
They also introduced many new names as they founded new settlements with endings such as -scale, -beck, -by, and -fell. One example of a settlement name would be Portinscale or 'Prostitute's hut'.

English Surnames - 

Anglo-Saxons distinguished between two people with the same name by adding either the place they came from or the job they did to their first name. Modern surnames such as Baxter, Baker, Weaver, Fisher, Fowler, Hunter, and Farmer are Anglo-Saxon in origin.

Vikings had a different way of distinguishing between people of the same name. They added the name of the person's father or mother to the child's name. 



As an example, Harald, Erik's son would be known as Haraldr Eiriksson, or as we would say it today, Harold Erikson

Often Viking families alternated the name of the eldest so that Árn Gunnarsson might be the father and son of Gunnar Árnarson, and the grandfather and grandson of Árn Gunnarson.

The 9th century - During the ninth century, the Danes began a series of major raids on the whole of England. This ended in an agreement which left the Danes in control of half of the country. 


Alfred the Great eventually fought the Vikings to a standstill at Edington which produced the Treaty of Wedmore in 878AD. This led to an uneasy peace and the establishment of the Danelaw

The fighting would continue, and in 886AD, Alfred captured London from the Danes. The name Englaland ("Angle-land") was used at the end of this century.

The 10th century- The Aristocracy

Anglo-Saxon territory was divided into seven separate kingdoms commonly referred to as the heptarchy. Each kingdom was ruled by a king, the king's sons who were called aethlingas and the ruling-nobility known as the eoldermenn. (Anglo-Saxon village) The basic unit of land was called the hide which was enough land to support one family and varied in size from 40 acres to 4 square miles.

Approximately one hundred hides formed the unit known as the 'hundred', and each village or shire contained many hundreds. (another Anglo-Saxon village) 


For each hundred, one leader known as the hundredeolder was responsible for administration, justice, and supplying military-troops, as well as, leading its forces. The office was not hereditary, but by the tenth century the office was selected from among a few outstanding families.

The thane, (þegn) similar to the knight, stood at the lowest echelon of the aristocracy. Good service by a thane resulted in gifts, the land-grants, and elevation to eoldermann. Members of the clergy held the title of thane as they were considered one of god's thanes, and bishops generally held the position of eolderman.

The middle-class

The middle-class was divided into three main classes of freemen, also known as ceorlas (churls, cf. Swe, Icel, Germ karl): The geneatan, a peasant-aristocracy who paid rent to their overlord, the kotsetlan, and the gebur, or lower-middleclass. All ceorlas had the right and duty to serve in the fyrd, (which was one of the names) the Anglo-Saxon military.

 Ceorlas won promotion through economic prosperity or military-service. If a ceorl possessed five hides of land, he became entitled to thane-rights, but could not be elevated to the position of thane or eoldermann.

The lower-class -

 At the lowest end of the social strata was the slave or bondsmen, also known as the theow. Although they were slaves or bondsmen, they were entitled to certain provisions, such as grain. The slaves were allowed to own property and could earn money in their spare time which allowed them to buy their freedom. When times were difficult people sold themselves into slavery to ensure they were provisioned.
The early Anglo-Saxon society was organized around clans or tribes and was centered around a system of reciprocity called comitatus. The eoldorman expected martial service and loyalty from his thanes, and the thanes expected protection and rewards from the lord. 


By the middle of the ninth century the royal family of Wessex was universally recognized as the English royalfamily and held a hereditary right to rule. Succession to the throne was not guaranteed as the witan, or council of leaders, had the right to choose the best successor from the members of the royalhouse.

Military-organization

As stated above, the military-organization was called the fyrd, which consisted of highly trained thanes chosen from each hundred. Thanes became 'professional' warriors because their position within the society depended upon it. In peace time the thanes had to serve one month out of every three in rotation, so there was always a sizable force on call. 

Loyalty to a lord was the thane's greatest virtue, and if their lord or king died in battle, his men were expected to die avenging his death, as it was considered dishonorable to leave the battlefield on which the militaryleader had been slain. Those who did were executed by their lord's successor for their disloyalty. The fyrd also served as a policeforce when not at war.


Religion and the church's role -

 (St Alpheges church) (St. Wereburg) Besides the spiritual functions of the church, the Church also fulfilled the functions of a 'civilservice', and for the nobility, an educational system.

The Church and the government needed men who could read and write in English and Latin to write letters and keep accounts. (illuminated manuscripts) The words 'cleric' and 'clerk' have the same origin, and every nobleman would have at least one priest to act as a secretary.

Economy

The economy of the early middle-ages was not cash based. (Anglo-Saxon clothing) Even though coins were minted, their use was not widespread, and most goods were bartered. (jewelry and pottery) Trade relied upon transport to be effective, and water was the preferred method of transport. For this reason, the most successful markets were near rivers.

Slavery was an important part of the Anglo-Saxon economy. Almost all the slaves traded in the early middle-ages were captured in raids or warfare. It seems to have been the practice to kill the leaders of the losing army and enslave the local villagers. The English conquest of Cornwall led to the enslavement of many of the indigenous Celts. At the Westminster Council of 1102AD, slavery was abolished.

Feasts and festivals - Feasts and festivals were very popular among the pagans, and despite religious reforms of the Christian church, these would continue among Christian Anglo-Saxons. A feast would be held every week in observance for the designated saint of that week. 


Halloween, a tradition handed down from the Celts and altered by the Romans, preceded the Christian feast of Hallowmas, or All Saints' Day. Halloween was the last evening of the year and was regarded as a propitious time for examining the portents of the future. Several of our modern festivals have Old-English names. 

For example, the word Easter evolved from the name of the pagan Saxon goddess Eostre, whose festival was celebrated in April. The word Yule comes from the pagan midwinter celebration of geol (pronounced 'yule'). 

Law and Order -

 When the Germanic tribes migrated from the continent, they brought with them a well developed legal system. The hundred court was the lowest echelon of the judiciary system and met every four weeks. Above the hundred court was the shire court which met twice a year, usually around Easter and Michaelmas (29 September). The officials presiding over the shire court were the eoldorman, the bishop and the king's shire-reeve (or sheriff).

During a lawsuit, the accused would be allowed to give an oath with the aid of oath-helpers to prove his innocence. This may seem comical today, but the Anglo-Saxon villages were so small that many of the villagers would have been aware of the circumstances of the crime.


 If the accused were actually guilty, oath helpers would have been difficult to find. If the defendant maintained his innocence, but was not able to gather enough oath helpers, he would be allowed to prove his innocence through 'trial by ordeal'.

Trial by Ordeal - The ordeal was administered by church-officials, and before the trial began, the accused was given the opportunity to confess. If he did not confess, he was given the choice between two ordeals: water or iron. For the cold-water ordeal, the accused was given holywater to drink and was then thrown into the river; the guilty floated; the innocent sank. 


During the, hot-water ordeal the accused placed his hand into boiling water and retrieved a stone. For the iron ordeal, the accused carried a glowing iron bar nine feet. After the hot-water and iron-ordeals, the defendant's hand was bandaged after the ordeal. If the wound healed without festering, the guilty was presumed innocent. 

As there were no jails or prison-officers, there were only three options when passing sentence: fines, mutilation, or death. For crimes such as arson, obvious murder, and treachery to one's lord, no compensation could be offered .

 For these crimes, the only punishment was death and forfeiture of one's property to the king. The church did not advocate capital punishment and preferred mutilation to death, as this allowed the guilty man to expiate his crime and save his soul. 

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