Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I wanted to start off by explaining the purpose of this blog, and as Erst (or ǣrest in Old Englishis Middle English for "at the start," I thought it would be an appropriate title for my first post. The word can be found in the Prelude to the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf:
first page of Beowulf

Oft Scyld the Scefing from squadroned foes,
from many a tribe, the mead-bench tore,
awing the earls. Since erst he lay
friendless, a foundling, fate repaid him:
for he waxed under the welkin, in wealth he throve,
till before him the folk, both far and near,
who house by the whale-path, heard his mandate,
gave him gifts: a good king he!

But, as awesome as Beowulf is, this post is about my blog. So let's get on with the explanation!

The name Annales Historiae means "Annals of History" and comes from the Latin titles of two Medieval books, the Annales Cambriae ('Annals of Wales') and the Historia Brittonum ('Hisotry of the Britons'). The Annales Cambriae was written no later than the 10th century AD at Saint David's, in Dyfed, Wales. It focuses on events in Welsh history, but also tells of Ireland, Cornwall, England, and Scotland. It is connected with Arthurian Legend, as it lists three battles pertaining to the story of King Arthur (which I will cover in a later post). The Historia Brittonum was composed around 830 AD and attributed to the Welsh monk named Nennius. It tells the history of the Brittonic people and is the earliest known work to name King Arthur and treat him as a real historical figure, extensively discussing his exploits (which I will also cover in a later post).

And, for a little bit about me, I just love history! I have loved studying history for as long as I can remember and I am now in the process of earning a degree in Medieval Studies. I am specifically interested in the history of the British Islands (and Northern Europe) from the Roman occupation through about the thirteen or fourteen hundreds, but I will gladly study other Ancient and Medieval subjects. I absolutely love a good tale of Robin Hood or King Arthur. I also seem to be drawn to historical conspiracy theories, so prepare to have your preconceived ideas about history blown away! There will be nothing boring or useless about what I share here. The ocean of history is overflowing with incredible adventure and I want to splash just a little bit of that awesomeness in your direction.

So, what do you think? What do you want to read about? Comment to let me know, and I hope you enjoy the stories which shall soon spew from the Annales Historiae!


  1. I have noticed that you have linked to my blog and that you love medieval history. I will do likewise and look forward to more of your posts!