British Battles 493–937

British Battles 493–937

Mount Badon to Brunanburh

By Andrew Breeze

Correctly locating for the first time conflicts from Mount Badon to Brunanburh, ‘British Battles 493–937’ revolutionizes our understanding of early British history.

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February 2020

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About This Book


‘Here Andrew Breeze combines his expertise in toponymy with a lively engagement in previous scholarship to locate early British battles, some involving – or not involving – King Arthur, others less familiar. His results cannot fail to set the archaeologists off in search of material evidence.’ —Brian Murdoch, Professor Emeritus, University of Stirling, UK

‘Andrew Breeze is a veteran scholar of early medieval British history, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sources. He is also willing to make daring connections, to illuminate what were long thought of as the darkest of ages. Every page of this rewarding book offers fresh insights, and opens the way to new questions, new framings, of that story.’ —Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, USA

‘Dr. Andrew Breeze, among the foremost of today’s place-name scholars, has written a lucid and learned series of studies providing rich insight into British onomastics and military history.’ —J. R. Hall, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Mississippi, USA

‘Andrew Breeze is a polymath and a pioneer. In British Battles 493–937, he uses his immense learning in Latin, Celtic and Germanic to reach brilliant solutions to longstanding historical problems. His book shows how the combination of onomastics, topography and textual criticism can transform our understanding of early medieval history and literature.’ —Leonard Neidorf, Professor of English, Nanjing University, China

Author Information

Andrew Breeze, FSA, FRHistS, has been teaching at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, since 1987. He is the author/co-author of four books, as well as of over seven hundred articles or reviews on medieval English and Celtic history.


Anthem Studies in British History

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. 493: British Triumph at Mount Badon or Braydon, Wiltshire; 2. 537: Arthur’s Death at Camlan or Castlesteads, Cumbria; 3. 573: Legends of Merlin at Arfderydd or Arthuret, Cumbria; 4. c. 590: Picts at Gwen Ystrad or the River Winster, Cumbria; 5. 603: Carnage at ‘ Degsastan ’ by Wester Dawyck, Borders; 6. 613: Chester and the Massacre of Welsh Monks; 7. 633: Hatfi eld Chase and British Victory at Doncaster; 8. 634: Hefenfeld and British Defeat in Northumberland; 9. 642: Maserfelth and King Oswald’s Death at Forden, Powys; 10. 655: Treasure Lost on the Uinued or River Went, Yorkshire; 11. 844: Alutthèlia , Vikings, and a Bridge at Bishop Auckland; 12. 893: Vikings Liquidated at Buttington, Powys; 13. 937: Brunanburh and English Triumph at Lanchester, County Durham; Bibliography; Index.


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