A late third century disaster, that the locals never recovered from. Say, 390, just to have a number. The legions were gone by that time, I think.
Perhaps a Welsh and/or an Irish raid? It's too early for german or nordic raiders to penetrate so far inland.
posted on 09/01/2003 12:19:37 PM PDT
Oops, I got the wrong shire. Baldock in Hertfordshire is just north of London, not near the SW Welsh borders.
No, not Irish or Welsh raiders.
posted on 09/01/2003 12:40:19 PM PDT
First, 3rd century refers to anytime between AD 200 - 299. Britain was conquered by Rome in AD 43 but was taken by the Caledonians in AD 208 (early 3rd century). In AD 258 Postumus establishes his empire in Gaul and in Britain (mid 3rd century). However, in AD 274 both Gaul and Britain were recovered by Rome under Aurelian; but turmoil ensued for more than a decade after his murder (late 3rd century). So, "some disaster looming" in Hertfordshire is not a great mystery or puzzle to figure out. Now paganism in Britain was the norm until post AD 315 (early 4th century) "the edict of Milan" by Constantine,; and the edict against paganism published in AD 391 (late fourth century). Christianity did not take root in Great Britain until the 5th-6th centuries.
posted on 09/06/2003 12:06:42 PM PDT
( "some disaster loomed" in Third CenturyHertfordshire, Britain)
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