05 Oct

Greetings to Wickenden Families and Friends!

Early Medieval History of the Wickendens -  The picture above shows the front cover of the 35th volume of the journal Mediaevistik. While this picture is not of a Wickenden castle, there are several castles (fortified towns named Wickenburg) established by ancestors of the Wickendens as well as medieval mountain towns (named Wickenberg) and two mountain peaks (named Wicken Berg), all in Germany.  

     The first article in this volume of Mediaevistik is about some very early history involving ancestors of the Wickendens. The article, "An Anglian Alliance: Place-Name Tracing the Iclingas and the Wicingas," describes the relationship between two tribal groups, the Wicingas (ancestors of the Wickendens) and the Iclingas (ancestors of the Mercians), as they migrated from the Continent across Britain to the Western Midlands. There they established the post-Roman kingdoms of Hwiccia and Mercia. At about the same time, another group of these same Wicingas established the "den" in Cowden, Kent, from which we Wickendens take our name. The article can be accessed through the following URL: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/plg/med/2022/00000035/00000001/art00001?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email.

New Contributions to Family Pages - We always welcome new materials, including pictures, articles, family trees, etc. regarding any of our families. Updates based on recent holiday gatherings or reunions are also valuable contributions. Remember that we can always add links to other existing files and websites.  

New Subscribers -   We have had several new subscribers since our last group email, both from the UK. Suggestions for additional subscribers are always welcome, so please share this email with other Wickenden family and friends.  Visitors to the website will receive an email asking if they would like to subscribe to receive groups messages such as this one. Readers are also invited to comment on or contribute to any section of the website.

Hacking of Editor's Email - Your website editor's email address was hacked last month, and two fake messages were sent out to many of you purporting to be from Thomas Wickenden. One asked for an email response and the other for a gift card. Please disregard these messages! I have since changed my passwords to prevent this from happening again, and I apologize for any confusion, concern or inconvenience this may have caused you.

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