Tag Archive: Alfred the Great

Dark Ages Fort Built by Mysterious ‘Painted People’ Found in Scotland

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A fort that is more than 1,000 years old, dating back to the time of Alfred the Great, has been unearthed in Scotland, more than 200 years after it was thought to have been completely destroyed. The ancient fort was built by the Picts, a loose confederation of tribes who lived in what is now…

The Warrior Queen By Joanna Arman

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Æthelflæd, the Lady of the Mercians is a little known figure in early Medieval history who is starting to get her due. The daughter of Alfred the Great and ruler of Mercia she helped defeat the Danes and bring about a unified England. In a new biography Joanna Arman chronicles the life Æthelflæd from her…

Coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history

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The Anglo-Saxon coins are said to point to some sort of an alliance in the 870s between Alfred the Great and a rival. Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field. James Mather made the discovery…

Bernard Cornwell’s ‘The Last Kingdom’ premieres in October!

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Adapted for TV, The Last Kingdom, the first novel in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell finally gets a premiere date! BBC America announced the show will air on Saturday, 10 October 2015. (Check your local listings for times) The good news for us here in the States is the show will premiere on BBC…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: News

2014 was again the year of King Richard III. His re-burial date and place was officially announced and the monarch will be laid to rest in 2015. Although not everyone is happy with his final resting place. But really York or Leicester, isn’t it better than under a car park? There was also some interesting…

BBC goes for Game of Thrones audience with new Saxon vs Viking drama

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Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling Saxon Stories are to be adapted for television as the BBC makes a play for the Game of Thrones audience. The BBC Two drama, The Last Kingdom, is billed as “a show full of heroic deeds and epic battles” that embraces “politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for…

MAP#55: Bernard Cornwell Interview – The Empty Throne

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Few authors can capture the atmosphere of the middle ages as well as Bernard Cornwell. A master storyteller Bernard has written over 50 books! I first discovered Bernard Cornwell in the early 2000s when I was browsing at a local bookstore. A book titled The Archer’s Tale caught my attention and the main character was…

Former students organise celebration of medieval historian Barbara Yorke’s work at University of Winchester

The work of a medieval historian at the University of Winchester is to be celebrated at a conference organised by her former students. Barbara Yorke, Emeritus professor in early medieval history, will be joined by colleagues and friends at the Lives and Landscapes of Early Medieval Wessex conference this month. Speakers include Oxford professor Martin…

Aethelstan, Anglo-Saxon King of England

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Susan Abernethy joins Medieval Archives with another fantastic post! Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like The Freelance History Writer on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Aethelstan was the first King of Wessex to bring…

MAP#38 – Medieval Archaeology News

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I was first introduced to archaeology as a kid and up on the movie screen was a whip carrying, fedora wearing relic hunter. When Indiana Jones wasn’t fighting Nazis or running for his life he was on a quest to gather ancient artifacts. Today on the Medieval Archives Podcast we are going to examine real…

Edward the Confessor, King of England

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Susan Abernethy joins the Medieval Archives with another great post. Susan is the Freelance History Writer, covering topics from Ancient history to the 20th Century. Visit her blog at thefreelancehistorywriter.com. You can also like Susan on Facebook or follow Susan on Twitter. ~The Archivist Edward the Confessor was the last Anglo-Saxon king who could trace…

Medieval Winchester Tour: Rama App Review

A few months ago I reviewed the Medieval Exeter tour for the Rama: Travel App. With over 90 tours available there are plenty of tours for the medievalist. Today we will look at the Medieval Winchester Tour by Kaye Jones (Twitter: @KayeJones). Medieval Winchester is available for $1.99 USD, covers 1.5 miles (2.4km) and takes…

Found: Viking war lord buried in his boat

Judging from the opulence of his tomb, he was a revered Viking warrior destined to take his place in Valhalla among the honoured dead. Laid to rest in a 17ft boat with his sword, axe and bronze drinking horn, the powerful Norseman’s burial site has been discovered by archaeologists in a remote part of the…

Oldest remains of English royalty unearthed

The bones of Alfred the Great’s granddaughter Eadgyth have been discovered in Germany. Forensic anaylsis of the contents of a recently-discovered tomb has concluded that it contained the oldest surviving remains of any member of the English Royal family The tomb was hailed as ”one of the most exciting historical discoveries in recent years” when…