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God-Man…

geometries 137*

…“But the Angles were a British tribe, right? And the Saxons were German?”

We are back in Wen’s study after the half triumph of the first of our Glastonbury talks, which aside from a few timing problems, went as well as could have been expected in view of the weather and the somewhat intricate complications of the run up.

“No, that’s not right either; both the Saxons and the Angles were Germanic tribes.”

“Our country is now named after a Germanic tribe! I think we need to know more about the Anglo-Saxons and the original Britons who could, perhaps, be more or less synonymous with what we now like to call the Celts.”

“As you may have already surmised my sense of history is somewhat sketchy at the best of times but in relation to the Anglo-Saxons and what went before it is practically non-existent.”

“That’s hardly surprising. Much of their contribution to these lands was conveniently forgotten after 1066, for obvious reasons.”

“Well, they certainly seem to have got the proportions of their churches spot on at least for the smaller sites. There is an Irish reference to the coming of Christ in one of the Conchobar stories, something about a ball being shaken loose from his head and killing him. He was also regarded as a sort of giant if memory serves. I had always assumed that the story, or at least that particular aspect of it, was merely a monkish interpolation.”

Wen is checking something in the Dictionary, “Get this… ‘Ætheling from O.E . . . . Æpling, ‘son of a king, man of royal blood, nobleman, chief, prince, king, Christ, God-Man, Hero, Saint…’

“Wait a minute… wait a minute… give me that last bit again.”

“…Christ, God-Man, Hero, Saint…”

“Didn’t we call our Arthur, Aeth in, ‘The Heart of Albion’?”

“We did.”

“And didn’t we set his story in Mercia?”

“We did.”

“And didn’t Mercia grow to become the largest and most powerful Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Albion at one point in its history?”

“It did indeed.”

“Well that’s it then…The Anglo Saxon kings were claiming divine descent.”

“…Along with most other European kings at that time no doubt.”

“That’s true, but the Anglo-Saxon kings’ descent wasn’t from God it was from Christ.”

“And how did they get there?”

“They got there from their very own High One who also hung from a tree with a spear in his side… shrieking.”

“Odin!”

“They evidently regarded Christ as an avatar of Odin.”

“Blimey, you’ll not read that in any history book!”

“Just as well we’re not writing a history then isn’t it?”

The Aetheling Thing

Carrot and Coals IV…

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The name Arbor Low is of Saxon derivation, originally ‘Eordburh-Hlaw’ meaning the Earth-Work Mound.

Wen smiles, “Where did you dig that up from?”

“I have my sources, you know.”

“As your text only specifies Saxon, are we to presume that the Angles had a different language.”

“Quite possibly, but it says something else too.”

“Go on…”

“It tells us that as the Saxon name has stuck, then they very probably attended to the site more than any of the other later cultures.”

“It’s very descriptive isn’t it?”

“If a tin were involved…”

“Funny you should say that because tin may be very much involved not least because it is essential in the manufacture of bronze and there was a thriving tin trade between Briton and the Near East.”

“It seems odd to associate the word manufacture with these people.”

“That’s precisely what it was though.”

“Oh yes…”

“The mound, presumably, refers to Gib Hill?”

“Which is also, presumably a much later name, indicative of a much more barbaric culture?”

“Strange isn’t it, the same mound is accorded the most venerable dead by one culture and the most despicable criminals by another.”

“People have no grasp of what they do.”…

“A gibbet is an iron casing with iron spikes which penetrate various parts of the body; a sort of metal crown of thorns for the whole body.

“Nice.”

“If the mound was a moot as opposed to a toot-hill then the two functions might not be mutually exclusive. The laws would be proclaimed from the mound and any transgressions of that law would also be rectified there.”

“Moot and Toot?”

“A moot is spoken, a toot is heard.”

“But then again the name could also be specifically designed by later generations to keep people away.”

“I once worked for a company who took over a hospital building and converted one of the operating theatres into a restaurant.”

“People, I have recently heard it said, have no grasp of what they do.”…