The Battle of Brunanburh: new light on the ‘Great War’ of the Tenth Century.

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The Battle of Brunanburh: new light on the ‘Great War’ of the Tenth Century.

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free

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PUBLIC LECTURE

The Battle of Brunanburh: new light on the ‘Great War’ of the Tenth Century

by Professor Michael Wood FSA

In this lecture, Michael Wood looks at one of the most famous events of the Viking Age. In 937 a Viking and North British coalition invaded England, only to be defeated by the English King Athelstan at a place called Brunanburh. A generation later, according to the chronicler Aethelweard, the battle was described by the man in the street as ‘The Great War’. Long the subject of controversy, the site is still unidentified, but over the last forty years a consensus has grown that it should be located on the Wirral.  Reviewing the evidence from texts, coins and place names, and setting the war in the context of the politics of Northumbria, North Britain and the Irish Sea in the Viking era, Michael Wood will offer a new perspective on arguably the most significant battle to have taken place in Britain in the five centuries before Hastings.

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Date:
May 5
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Society of Antiquaries of London
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020 7479 7080

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