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James the Deacon of York

The Gregorian mission, characterized by its strategic and persistent efforts, was bolstered in 601AD with the arrival of Paulinus, one of the monks sent by Pope Gregory to support Augustine’s endeavours. Among those accompanying Paulinus was James the Deacon, a figure shrouded in mystery due to the scant historical records of his life.

Venutius

Venutius was a notable figure in the 1st-century history of northern Britain, known primarily as the king of the Brigantes during the Roman conquest. The following text summarises what we can potentially understand about him, and tries to tie him to places and other possibilities that are not supported by the historical record. At the end of the section, what records to exist are explained.

Brigantia during the Dark Ages

Yorkshire’s history during the Dark Ages is a tapestry of cultural shifts and invasions, beginning with the departure of the Romans in the early 5th century. This period saw the region become a melting pot of Celtic Britons, and later, the Angles and Vikings, each leaving a distinct imprint on the cultural landscape.

The Gododdin (Y Gododdin)

Possibly, the earliest documented battle on Brigantian soil, is described in Y Gododdin, which is a medieval Welsh poem, revered as one of the earliest surviving examples of Welsh/Brythonic poetry, and is attributed to the bard Aneirin.

The use of the word Lady in relation to water related structures

Lady Bridge in Tamworth is a historical structure with medieval origins, serving as a testament to the town’s rich past. Initially constructed to span the River Tame, the bridge has undergone several transformations throughout the centuries. The original wooden bridge dates back to 1294.

Temple Lane Ritual Routeway

The presence of Temple Lane and Temple Hill near West Witton, along with the historical Penhill Preceptory and the Temple Folly, suggests a relationship with a tradition of pilgrimage to Penhill Preceptory, within the Christian period.

The Scrope family

The Scrope family, of Norman origin, first rose to prominence in 14th-century England. The story begins with Robert le Scrope, the earliest documented ancestor, who established the family’s connection to the noble Gant family in the 12th century.

The Cistercians in North Yorkshire

The Cistercian order made a significant mark on the religious landscape of medieval Europe, particularly in North Yorkshire. Whilst he first Cistercian house in Britain was established at Waverley in 1128, but it was the foundation of Rievaulx Abbey in 1132 that truly signified the order’s establishment in the region.

Finding Bardon – An Arthurian Quest

An image illustrating an article about Finding Bardon – An Arthurian Quest on thealicesyndrome.com

As a person of Welsh descent, it is disappointing to have to face up to the fact that the Welsh connection to the story of Arthur has been almost irretrievably subsumed by the enthusiastic input of a plethora of external sources.  The filigreed embellishments of an ever-expanding number of Arthurian afficionados have diminished the kudos …

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Yorkshire’s “Sacred Vale” – The Dawn of Brigantia

The “Sacred” Vale of Mowbray – Brigantia’s Neolithic Capital? More than 2,000 years before the discovery and widespread use of Iron an unprecedented bout of monument building in the centre of Brigantia created the Britain’s largest religious monument complex, a place that has been suggested as being Britain’s religious capital during the Neolithic Period. Whatever …

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