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Finns, Snow and Magic December 23, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Finns, Snow and Magic

The earliest eyewitness account of the Laplanders (the Sami) to leak into European writing comes in Alfred’s translation of Orosius (late ninth century). It depends on the testimony of one Othere (aka Ohthere), a Viking who had travelled along the freezing coast of Norway and who had encountered the peoples of the White Sea. Note […]

Anglo-Saxons in Southern India? July 15, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Anglo-Saxons in Southern India?

**Beachcombing dedicates the following to DGM, who has an excellent post on this subject** For those like Beachcombing who lick their lips at descriptions of long and unlikely journeys in antiquity and the middle ages there are few more exciting sentences than this one-liner in some versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. In the year 883, […]