From ‘wandering thieves’ to lords of war

Men went to Catraeth in force, in full cry, Swift steeds and dark-blue war-gear and shields, Spear-shafts held high and spear-points sharp-edged, And glittering mail-coats and swords (Gododdin, verse 33) Not only is the early historic period throughout the British Isles characterised by warlike, heroic kings who ruled over defined and ever-larger territories, but we […]

From ‘wandering thieves’ to lords of war

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