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King Offa's tomb

How does one leave a legacy? All leaders care about their legacy. Modern politicians seem preoccupied by both leaving a legacy and what it will be. 343 more words

Medieval Kings

Geoffrey Hill’s Roots

In his Mercian Hymns (1971), Geoffrey Hill creates a compelling, mythopoeic world made up of the history and the landscape of the West Midlands. He interweaves the geographies and perspectives of several figures into his poetic panorama, flitting from a child’s eye view to the gaze of the medieval king Offa to the reminiscences of an adult, and he creates an intense, cohesive picture of a time and place that is just out of step with our own. 4,156 more words