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Edward the Confessor and his early links to William of Normandy

With his death in early 1066, Edward the Confessor set the wheels in motion of what is possibly the most famous year in English history. By the time, William of Normandy was crowned as king of England on the 25th December 1066, there had been four kings in the year, including Edward, three major battles and a virtual complete change in the upper levels of society in England. 686 more words

Æthelred The Unready

The Terrible Tale of Ælfheah - Archbishop of Canterbury

Being the Archbishop of Canterbury is probably not the easiest job in the world.  You might have a nice palace in London and an entourage of officials around you but there is no doubt lots of travelling, meetings to have and near constant flak from big business, the media, government and the population at large.   999 more words


Bishops at War: Part 2 of the Ghent/Bruges Conference Report

It’s going to be quick today – I’ve got an article to re-draft and papers to write – but I did want to make some more progress on the… 292 more words


950: 1066 Remembered, Guest Post: Between Two Worlds (Annie Whitehead)

“Between Two Worlds” by Annie Whitehead

My name is Annie; a few years ago, on my travels as a writer, I discovered an Anglo-Saxon lady. This lady really existed, but survived only as a footnote in history, and now I’m going to visit her. 1,530 more words

Before The Second Sleep

950: 1066 Remembered, Book Review: Alvar the Kingmaker

Alvar the Kingmaker by Annie Whitehead

A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

Recipient of a Discovering Diamonds Special Award and

Chill with a Book Readers’ Award

“My father told me that the lady of the Mercians was dead and gone before the days of the great Athelstan who was king even before Edgar’s father. 1,532 more words

Before The Second Sleep

1066 and all that: 11th century wrecks

As we commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 I thought I’d cast an eye over the few 11th century wrecks for which we have some evidence. 868 more words


Murder most Dark Age

This week is the birthday of the most famous crime writer in the world – Agatha Christie. Like many millions of others, I have loved her books and tried, usually in vain, to solve the crimes before Hercule Poirot! 632 more words