Scandinavian Mythology: Introduction by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

Source: Viking and Norse Mythology, pp. 6-15 We tend to think of Scandinavian mythology as the beliefs of the Vikings, those tough adventurers who were the scourge of Christian lands in the ninth and tenth centuries, whose ships sailed all the seas of the known world, and who left traces of their activities from Greenland to the … Continue reading Scandinavian Mythology: Introduction by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1969)

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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]