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

Polstead gospel oak

Polstead gospel oak

Polstead is a lovely village close to the Suffolk / Essex border. It’s name means ‘place by the pool’, undoubtedly a reference to the large pond that sits at the …

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Woden / Odin's Wild Hunt during the Winter solstice or Yule

Yule and the Winter solstice

Today – December 22nd 2015 – is the Winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter, Yule or Jol was a major event in early cultures, including Germanic and Scandinavian (although …

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ALexander Dreymon playing Uhtred from Bernard Cornwell's The Last Kingdom

Edmund and The Last Kingdom

Have you been watching BBC2’s historical drama The Last Kingdom? Based on the ‘Alfred’ sequence of books by Bernard Cornwell, the series charts the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg – born …

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The Martyrdom of St Edmund, from a c. 14th wall painting, St Mary's church Troston

Troston St Mary’s

Along a quiet lane in the Suffolk village of Troston lies St Mary’s church. And within can be found some of the county’s finest medieval wall paintings, if not England’s.

Entering through the …

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