February 6, 2011
TT Journal Entries
What a great many changes my culture is undergoing. The fall of the Roman
Empire is imminent, and as a result, the Romans are withdrawing from their island
outpost near our homeland. Our chief decided to try settling in that area, as the weather
there can’t be much worse than it is here. As I found out from many people, everyone
was quite eager to get going. The chief had us cross the channel that day, and we came
upon a ruined settlement surrounded by trees, most likely that of the Romans. We settled
there, and I spent my night in a stone structure
that was probably a chapel at one point. My
suspicions were confirmed about whose
settlement this used to be when I came across
a single red thread, probably from a cape. It
was a Roman settlement.
Our culture is thriving! We are effectively farming the land, I think our year’s
crops will be plentiful. A blade of the greenest grass shows the excellence of the soil. The
Roman legacy has left its mark here, but we are replacing Roman culture with our
Saxony culture. Our neighbors to the north, the Angles, seem okay and I think we will get
along with them, as they have many of our cultural traits because we are both Germanic
tribes. As soon as we arrived in this land now called England, we started replacing
Roman things with Saxon things. It is a tedious task, but we will have it done soon. After
all, we can’t let the Romans rule us even after their empire crumbled!
A nice man named Augustine has come over the channel to spread the word about
a man named Jesus and his father, who is God.
I walked up to him and asked, “Have you any proof?”
He replied confidently, “The proof is all around you, even in this little pebble.
Who else could have made something so wondrous?”
I pocketed the pebble and decided to keep it as a reminder of this encounter. I
later found out that that man’s ideas were liked and spread like a Danish invasion.
Our land of England is coming together as a whole, as it must in order to
withstand the might of the Danes. The kingdoms being formed are those of Northumbria,
Mercia, East Anglia, and Wessex, which is where I am living right now. Just the other
day Vikings raided a neighbor settlement, which by the time we got there it looked more
like the coals of a cooking fire. We searched for survivors, but alas there was only one, a
man named Ablendan, which means blind in our language of Old English.
“Oh, the screams! My family and friends! The screams!” he ranted. I personally
put him in bed and calmed him.
When I put him in bed however, I
found a brown button that didn’t
match his clothes. It must have been
from a family member. That poor
man, I wonder what our fate is with
Political standings have changed, as the four kingdoms of Mercia, Northumbria,
Wessex, and East Anglia have been put under the control of a powerful Mercian king
named Offa. Now, he is a good king to unite all of England. Maybe he can fight off the
invasions of foreigners, that would be a nice occurence. The shire reeve (governor) of our
area has to travel to Mercia, because Offa is changing laws and needs authoritative
The shire reeve stopped by our town for the night and told the town, “I will be
gone for only three weeks to get to know our newly crowned king. I have high hopes for
the future of England under his rule.” At this statement there was lots of cheering and
drinks all around. I hope the shire reeve is right.
This is the first time I have dared venture from the safety of home, the reason
being of great news. There has been talk that Offa has started to make a dike that
stretches across the Welsh border! I am amazed, because I am there right now watching
the construction of it commence. This may be one of our greatest successes to repel
foreign attack. I must get some dirt from it in order to prove of this wonder’s existence.
As I watch, I can see how much organization has gone to this project, there must be
thousands working on it! I will go and see if I can help contribute in the work.
It is a joyful day in Wessex, for our own king Egbert has taken control of Wessex
from Mercia. However, this joy is not meant to last because of recent tidings from a lone
horseman. Proof of this encounter lies in the gray hairs of the horse’s flank under this
He said, “This is an unhappy time for us, as the Norwegians and the Danes are
attacking our eastern and northern borders!” Very bad
indeed, as both cultures, especially the Danes, are
good in the art of war. We are losing land as they take
out the unprotected settlements of Northumbria. The
only thing the people of Wessex can do is pray that
the rain of blood does not come to the south.
The rain of blood has come! Wessex is the only kingdom still standing against the
Danes, with King Alfred at our head. The Danes have pushed us into the Athelney
marshes in a corner of Wessex! All seems lost, I hope, for the sake of our people that
Alfred knows what he is doing. In fact, just the other day I swear I saw him walk through
the mud of the marsh.
“Is that you King Alfred?” However, I did not get an answer back. Whoever it
was, I felt sorry for him; it was as if he was about to lose something close to him. But this
encounter has made me even more determined to defeat the Danes, and I believe we have
just a big enough chance, because Alfred is an excellent tactician and warrior.
I am so glad that my heart was right! If you don’t know where the happiness is
coming from, it is from the good news that Alfred the Great drove out the Danes from
Wessex and there is now peace in the land. I even have part of a feather of the last arrow
shot in the war! He has also turned
Wessex into an easily defendable
area, improved our navy, and has
contributed greatly to our culture
through literature as well. Alfred
the Great has taken us from
darkness to our golden age, truly he
Why is it that there is so much chaos after a long period of peace? After Alfred’s
death, there were lines of weak rulers, leading the leadership of the Danes over Wessex.
That’s right, the Danes. After the Danish rulers there was Edward the Confessor, and
after him, there was a battle between King Harold and William, the Duke of Normandy.
William won, and so our beautiful Anglo-Saxon rule over England ended with the
Norwegians taking over.
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