Discover St Edmund's Suffolk: a guide to the county's less-known and ancient places

The big ideas: mini essays on key topics

Edmund and Devil's Dyke Cambridge

Kingship and landscape

How to understand Edmund's kingship through landscape

The relationship between landscape features and kingship is both interesting and obscure. In essence, the landscape was an extension of the king – his kingdom. It reflected his ability to successfully rule.

Linearity …

Raedwald Sutton Hoo helmet

Kin of the wolf: the Wuffingas

Exploring East Anglia's early Anglo-Saxon royal dynasty

Edmund is often described as the last of the Wuffinga kings. Although there is no evidence for this lineage, he was probably the last native East Anglian king, ending a …

Sacral kingship

Understanding sacral kingship

Edmund as an embodiment of the sacral king myth

This is a contentious topic; many scholars deny the existence of any tradition of sacral kingship in Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian cultures. But there is plenty of evidence to the contrary and …

St Edmund sacral king

The powerful dead: ancestors & saints

How the dead lived on and became more powerful than in life

Numerous cultures incorporate beliefs in a soul, and in its continued existence after physical death. For early Anglo-Saxons, the dead were a powerful and active group; they had joined the …

Recent stories

Blythburgh Holy Trinity church

Blythburgh Holy Trinity

The A12’s bisection of Blythburgh could easily destroy any atmosphere this important village might retain. But walking down Church Road, a sense of expectation builds. Then the roar of traffic …

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Saxmundham Wodewose

Suffolk’s hairy wild men

A wodewose (derived from the Old English wudu – wood or forest) is a ‘wild man’; a hairy forest-dwelling embodiment of nature, closely linked in its symbolism to the green …

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Bramfield St Andrew round tower

Bramfield St Andrew’s

The flint round-towered churches of Suffolk are some of its most enigmatic and atmospheric. Sometimes remote and isolated, often hidden from view behind a screen of trees, these towers loom out …

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St Mary's church, Lidgate, Suffolk

Lidgate St Mary’s

At first glance, you might think St Mary’s at Lidgate is a fairly prosaic Suffolk parish church. Set back from the road at the end of a lane and accessed via …

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