A Clash of Covenants

From London Requiem

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St Paul's was built with the permission of King Saeberht of Essex, who was Christian. Some fragmentary records that suggest this period saw clashes between the Circle of the Crone and the growing Lancea Sanctum. The arrival of the pagan Anglo Saxons had been an opportunity for Crones to seek ascendancy again, but Christian missionaries were mirrored in kindred society by the Lancea Sanctum's attempts to promote their beliefs. Vague rumours are that at least one missionary in this period was renowned for living well beyond his natural lifespan. Influence moved back and forth between the Crone and the Lancea Sanctum. When Saeberht died the East Saxons, who controlled the region, reverted to paganism, but Christianity took root again by the middle of the 7th century and we can at least pinpoint this as when the Circle of the Crone's influence began to collapse in the area of London, remaining weak for a millennia or more.

London began to grow again towards the end of the 7th century, as an important centre of trade. This growth was outside the walls of the Roman city, which remained largely deserted, and includes a settlement just north of The Strand and a port near Charing Cross. Written records are a little more widely available from this period, including one or two notes, possibly by kindred, that have been kept safe.

700 to 1066 >>>

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