Two parts of this subject diverging fast so I will ask about both...
In the Chris Wills book 'Plagues' I believe he suggests that there is some evidence for a famine in Central Asia in the 5th/6th century AD, leading to shifts in the location of the rodent population and an outbreak of Bubonic plague (a little 'Black death') coming through Byzantium and Russia into eastern Europe.
Is it feasible that the migration of northern and eastern europeans westward at this time could have bought the disease to England and perhaps caused a mini version of the 14th century outbreak?
K (Hanne says Hi !!)
Re John Briggs contention that there are very few ON place names in England. On what is this based?. I live in East Anglia (Lowestoft) and seem surrounded by towns and villages whose place names would sit happily in modern day Denmark or Norway. If the Danish and Norwegian languages are so closely related today why is that not likely to have been the case during the Migration Period? Are you really suggesting that the placenames Ipswich and Norwich have a Latin rather than north European origin?
"White, Bill" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is the need to account for a climatic calamity in Northern Europe (an even
littler'little Ice Age'?), hence the cometary theory. Why should a comet or a
famine kill off Britons preferentially, though?
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Bryan Saunders
Sent: 21 July 2006 13:05
Ive not heard of either of them - but is there any credibility in what they say about a disaster that tipped the balance of power during the period in question? If there is can people briefly break it down for me and vice versa? Many thanks.
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