Sunday, April 27, 2014

Water roads in Anglo-Saxon Britain

If ever you doubted the importance of water to communications and power in Anglo-Saxon England take a look at this map. I haven't a clue of its date* (after Hild's time; I found it on the Toast), but it gives a window into the relationship between navigable rivers and coastlines and important/fortified settlements.

I spent many hours today searching for some sort of map--a sketch would do--of the Tyne**, its estuarine channels, and Arbeia as Hild might have known it. Obviously something from the seventh century would be ideal, but I'll settle for anything from the first millennium CE.


* See comments below: it's by Matthew Paris and made in the 13th century.
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