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Britain as Island of the Dead March 31, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Britain as Island of the Dead

*** dedicated to Pam*** Here come Beach’s third and final extract from Procopius’ mad writings on Brittia (aka Britain): something that gets even crazier than Scotland without oxygen. The ‘men of this place’ in the following extract refers to a group of sailors from the coast of Gaul [France] who are let off their taxes […]

Dark Age Scotland Without Oxygen? March 25, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Dark Age Scotland Without Oxygen?

First of all huge apologies for lack of coverage in these days: the Beachcombing household really is in a it-doesn’t-rain-it-pours month. In less than 48 hours their beloved aupair disappears and despite honourable and numerous dishonourable efforts to sort this out they have been left uncovered. The first time someone falls ill there is going […]

Procopius, Brittia and Britain March 14, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
Procopius, Brittia and Britain

Procopius is one of the most interesting writers of all antiquity: his discussion of the orifices of Theodora and his detailing of his own walk-on role in the Italian wars proving particularly memorable. But in the thousands of words of his Greek that survive there are many, many other passages that deserve a wider audience: […]