History · Vikings

Review of the “Viking” museum exhibit

Just when you thought the reputation of the Norsemen was getting rehabilitated, along comes this article from Smithsonian, giving a good overview of what sounds like an awesome museum exhibit, “Vikings,” opening next month in London and then moving on to Berlin. The article has a pretty silly tone, but the exhibit itself sounds first-rate.… Continue reading Review of the “Viking” museum exhibit

History · Language

The history of English in five minutes

From Tuscon Weekly (more at the link): English derives from the Germanic dialects of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes who conquered southern Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries A.D. When they arrived, the native Britons spoke Celtic. Latin was also common among upper crust Brits, having adopted it during four centuries of Roman occupation.… Continue reading The history of English in five minutes

Anglo-Saxon · History · Vikings

How the Vikings enhanced British life

From The Big Issue (much more at the link): Scandinavian settlers also made a very positive contribution to the development of England, which is overlooked by contemporary chroniclers. From archaeology we know that they played a key role in the massive growth of urban life in the 9th and 10th centuries. In towns such as York,… Continue reading How the Vikings enhanced British life

Anglo-Saxon · History

Study shows Anglo-Saxon conquest of Britain was more peaceful than previously thought

From NERC (more at the link): Human remains dug up from an ancient grave in Oxfordshire add to a growing body of evidence that Britain’s fifth-century transition from Roman to Anglo-Saxon was cultural rather than bloody. … Had there been a mass invasion, the graves would be expected to contain around 20 per cent immigrant remains.… Continue reading Study shows Anglo-Saxon conquest of Britain was more peaceful than previously thought

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Animal Rights or Religious Rights?

It seems that the Danish Agricultural and Food Minister, Dan Jørgensen, told Danish television recently that “animal rights come before religion.” Naturally, the Jewish and Muslim communities in Denmark are not pleased with this attitude, as it has direct impacts on both the Kosher and Halal food industries. In fact, there aren’t any, because such slaughter… Continue reading Animal Rights or Religious Rights?

Asatru · news · prisoner rights

Asatru Prisoner News: Fowler v. CDCR

Last week a California federal magistrate judge dismissed with leave to amend in the case of Fowler v. the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The plaintiffs had alleged a host of violations of their religious liberties over the course of several years, including: Lack of access to the prison chapel for Asatru/Odinist worship Refusal… Continue reading Asatru Prisoner News: Fowler v. CDCR