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The book I read to research this post was Anglo Saxon Britain by Grant Allen which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. This book is about the intervening years between the Roman Occupation and the Norman Conquest of Britain. In this time various groups invaded Britain including the Angles and Saxon. It is known at around this time there were two types of people and one would die out, a type left over from prehistoric times with a long skull as the book puts it. Celts were mostly killed or enslaved by the invading groups. There was numerous incursions by the Vikings with many settling in the North and Midlands. Alfred would build a navy and fight the Vikings on almost equal terms. He was very much influenced by a trip to Rome as a child and he had a civilised outlook despite being king over a barbaric people. In many raids non-combatants weren’t killed but what might count as a combatant might be monks praying against them. Of course some of the invading tribes were among the most barbaric people that ever existed. Books around this time did start being written in what we would call Old English and Latin declined. If there was a bloody battle and the invaders lost a lot of men you could guarantee there would be a massacre afterwards. An example of this happened at Chester. This book is around 150 pages so is a reasonable length. I did enjoy reading it and especially with it being a free book I do recommend it.

The book I read to research this post was King Arthur by Graham Phillips which is a very good book which I bought from amazon. There never was a person called king arthur, the name comes from the old english word for bear. It can’t be a coincidence that the king of powys in the 6th century was called the bear & in all probability is the person arthur is based on. There really a Battle of Badon & the king of powys was slain there. There really was a custom among briton kings of throwing their sword in a lake when they died so the part of excalibur being thrown in the lake is probably accurate. In olden times historians used to forsake facts in the name of entertainment so there is a lot that has been written about king arthur that almost certainly isn’t true. No matter what source of king arthur tale you look at they always have the tale of king arthur leaving mordred in charge in his kingdom while he takes an army onto the continent to fight battles, & when he returns mordred turns on him, so that’s probably. Excalibur in reality was probably short & light like a roman sword because we know that was fashionable in them days. The anglo saxons first came to britain by invitation & were used as mercenaries but got greedy & wanted more, they eventually conquered all of britain. The king arthur is based on created the kingdom of powys & was its 1st king so must have been a good fighter.

The book I read to research this post was The Search For The Holy Grail by Graham Phillips which is an excellent book which I bought from amazon. I have another very similiar book to this which is by Andrew Collins & which I will do soon. According to this book the stories of robin hood & king arthur which are essentially fiction are based on much older stories which are factual. The king arthur name is based on the word arth which is an old english word for a bear. While there was no king arthur there was an ancient briton king from around 500BC whose capital was Wroxeter, a now disused ruin near Shrewsbury Shropshire England. His kingdom was Powys & Wroxeter was the most important city in the UK. At that time there was an offshoot of christianity in england based it’s claimed on Joseph of Arimethea’s teachings. These teachings were more or less the same as what gnostic christians believed. One of their beliefs was that the soul was trapped inside the human body & that through meditation & prayer we could reach a higher self. The christian church sent an army to england which sorted out these rebels. They also believed that Empress Helena who was Constantine the Greats mother had exhumed Jesus’s burial site & found the holy grail or what they thought was it. This then eventually found its way to England. Someone in shropshire in 1600AD claimed to have found the holy grail on his deathbed but died before he could say where it was. What Mr Phillips thinks was the holy grail was found at Whittington Chapel in side a statue. It was identified as an onyx roman perfume jar & it had a missing lid. It was said the Knights Templar looked after it for many years. The King Arthurian tale of Percival searching for the holy grail could be based on the apparently true story of the Earl of Whittington who also happened to have a white castle & didn’t live far from Wroxeter which Phillips thinks is Avalon.