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The Celtic Church: A Defence of Kinds February 10, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
The Celtic Church: A Defence of Kinds

The ‘Celtic Church’ is the phrase commonly used to describe the version of Christianity that triumphed in much of Britain and Ireland throughout the early Middle Ages, say 400-800. Historians of the calibre of Patrick Wormald (RIP), Wendy Davies and Kathleen Hughes (RIP) have argued or even railed against it. What follows is a half-hearted […]

White Horses, Sex and Sovereignty December 12, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
White Horses, Sex and Sovereignty

Inspired by Southern Man’s comment on yesterday’s post Beach thought he would today quote from some of the passages relating to Irish sovereignty. There was in pre-Norman Ireland the idea that the land is a woman, Sovereignty, who must be courted and seduced by the successful king. Take, for example, this rather tame passage relating […]

A Celtic Tribe in Kazakhstan? July 29, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
A Celtic Tribe in Kazakhstan?

When Beach was still a green blogger – before he had learnt about spiders, search engine optimization and RSI feeds  – he spat out a little post about a group of Celtic hoodlums who, as mercenaries, travelled around the Mediterranean causing havoc everywhere they went. Beach sold this as a Wrong Place post: an example […]

Sink or Swim: Infanticide and ‘Baptism’ on the Ancient Rhine April 25, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Sink or Swim: Infanticide and 'Baptism' on the Ancient Rhine

Portentous day in the Beachcombing household as Tiny Miss B, the new arrival, was baptised with a select group of friends and in-laws looking on. Unlike Little Miss B – a chip off the Beachcombing block, who screamed her way through her welcoming into the church – the younger Beachcombing, who takes, instead, after her […]

Celts in Ancient Sicily June 11, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Celts in Ancient Sicily

Beachcombing has luxuriated for too long in the modern world. Indeed the last time he visited antiquity was in the company of some Indian merchants a long week ago. So he rushes back today to the clean, glistening marble of the ancients. The following passage comes from G.T. Griffith’s The Mercenaries of the Hellenistic World (London […]