Author Archives: Christopher Kiernan Coleman

About Christopher Kiernan Coleman

I am a freelance author, historian and observor of events past, present and future. I received my bachelors degree at St. Anselm College and pursued my graduate work at the University of Chicago. I currently has six books in print, including one about Abraham Lincoln. My latest book in print is Ambrose Bierce and the Period of Honorable Strife, published by University of Tennessee Press. I have also published numerous articles in the popular press as well as scholarly journals. I have additional book projects in progress, including one which looks at the origins of mechanized warfare and the roots of modern Islamic fundamentalist politics, as well as several projects dealing with Dark Age and Arthurian history and archaeology.

British Sea-Power in the Age of Arthur

The Brittonic Period–the fifth and early sixth centuries of Britain–was a pivotal period in British history and as such it remains the subject of much contentious debate; despite decades of discussion, for example, there is still no academic agreement as … Continue reading

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WAS LINDISFARNE A BRITTONIC NAVAL BASE IN THE AGE OF ARTHUR?

  The “Holy Island” of Lindisfarne off the coast of northeastern England is notable for the great monastery established there in the early 7th century, as well as for its most famous expression of Medieval religious art, The Lindisfarne Gospel.[1]  … Continue reading

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Germanus & St. Collen. The Beginnings of Independent Britain Part II

  Germanus and the Beginnings of Independent Britain II: Germanus and St. Collen In the previous essay on Germanus of Auxerre, we asserted the basic historicity of Constantius’ hagiography of the famous Gaulish bishop and while wishing the biographer had … Continue reading

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Castle of the City of Crows: Castell Dinas Brân

Originally posted on Archaeodeath:
The castle in the fog This weekend past, I ventured out into the dense fog and headed for the one place I imagined would be cloud-free: Castell Dinas Brân – the Castle of the City of…

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FIRE VS ICE: WHAT ENDED CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION?

“The bay trees in our country are all wither’d,                                                          And meteors fright the fixed stars of heaven;                                                              The pale-fac’d moon looks bloody on the earth                                                        And lean-look’d prophets whisper fearful change;” —-Shakespeare The decline and fall of the Roman Empire … Continue reading

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Of Crows and Men: The Mystery of Bran

Once upon a time all crows were white; did you know this? That venerable gentleman Chaucer tells the tale of Phoebus, whom some call Apollo, who once had a lady love whom he kept in his earthly home and whom … Continue reading

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The Real Dance of the Dragons

  In George R. R. Martin’s magnum opus, Songs of Fire and Ice, the latest published volume, A Dance With Dragons, as well as in the similarly named episode of the television series, makes passing reference to a curious tale … Continue reading

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British History and the Game of Thrones

In honor of the start of the latest season of the popular sword, sex and sorcery television series, Game of Thrones, we will depart from our regular agenda of discussing what some regard as the equally fabulous Age of Arthur, … Continue reading

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Germanus and the Beginnings of Independent Britain

Germanus of Auxerre’s Life, writen by Constantius of Lyon around 480 or so, stands as an important document for the study of post Roman Britain—more properly the Brittonic Period or Age of Arthur.  As such, one wishes it were more … Continue reading

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Fighting Bishops of the Dark Ages: or Why You Shouldn’t Fall Asleep in Church

FIGHTING BISHOPS OF THE DARK AGES Has anyone every wondered why the bishop is a game piece on the chessboard?  Chess is, after all, a game of ritualized warfare and the bishop is one of the more active pieces in … Continue reading

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