The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 6: How Do We Know?]

How do we know how the Northumbrians lived and what happened in the Golden Age? There is no one easy answer to this, because we have found out what we know in a number of different ways, and it had been rather like piecing a jigsaw puzzle together. Some pieces of the puzzle are still … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 6: How Do We Know?]

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 5: Cuthbert, Servant of God]

When good old bishop Aidan died, there was a young man watching his sheep on the hills up in the north. As he lay there with his sleeping companions, he seemed to see a great light, and angels coming down to earth to welcome a new spirit into the kingdom of God. the morning after … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 5: Cuthbert, Servant of God]

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 4: Churches & Books]

The Church-builders The old temples of the gods were not all destroyed like the one burned by Coifi. Sometimes they were used as churches for a while. Not long ago the site of one of King Edwin’s halls was discovered at Yeavering in Bernicia, and we think that one of the wooden buildings there was … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 4: Churches & Books]

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 3: Christian Missionaries]

CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES For a long time there had been talk at the court of King Edwin about the “Christians”. Men used to get together in little groups, sometimes in angry argument. As for the king, he said little, but it was noticed that he often sat silent as though he were thinking deeply. The ladies … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 3: Christian Missionaries]

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 2: King Edwin of Northumbria]

KING EDWIN OF NORTHUMBRIA It is time we heard about the king--Edwin of Northumbria. You would not find it very easy to reach the king. If you came over the sea, you would meet his sentinels on the coast, and there would be more men on watch for strangers outside the town or hall where … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 2: King Edwin of Northumbria]

The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 1: How Northumbria Began]

To the Reader This book is the story of how Christianity came to Northumbria. It tells you why we call the time of King Edwin and the kings who came after him the Golden Age. all the people mentioned in it really lived, and all the facts are based either on early records and books … Continue reading The Golden Age of Northumbria by H.E. Davidson (1958) [Part 1: How Northumbria Began]