- DURATION 60 mins x 6 plus discussion group
Who were the Anglo Saxons and how did they re-shape Britain?
From the legends of King Arthur, to burial ships, christian missionaries, Vikings, a forgotten warrior queen, and the invasion by William of Normandy.
Join Chris Green, as he takes you on the spell-binding story about the birth of England
1) Enter the Dark Ages (3rd March)
The Romans leave Britain and Britain fragments into petty kingdoms ruled by warlords.
Into this chaos arrive settlers who will change the island forever - the Anglo Saxons.
As the settlers move east the Britons fight back under a legendary leader...King Arthur.
2) The Anglo Saxon Kingdoms (10th March)
Over time the Anglo Saxons consolidate into 7 kingdoms - ultimately leading to the rise of Offa of Mercia.
He builds a huge earthwork along his western border that remains to this day - Offa's Dyke.
But why did he build it and what is the story about the coins he sent as tribute to the Pope?
3) Vikings! (17th March)
Simple raiding gives way to a massive invasion force - The Great Heathen Army - which destroys everything in its path.
Only one kingdom remains. Wessex is the "Last Kingdom" under their king, Alfred.
But will Alfred really be that great?
4) Aethelflaed, England's Forgotten Warrior Queen (24th March)
The Viking tide is turned by Alfred's son and his daughter, Aethelflaed the Lady of the Mercians.
Largely written out of history, this warrior queen defeats the vikings again and again, eventually receiving the homage of their stronghold of Jorvik (York).
So why didn't we learn about her at school?
5) The Birth of England (31st March)
Finally, the viking threat is dealt with and the various Anglo Saxon communities are united into one kingdom - England.
The king of England is crowned in a highly symbolic Christian ceremony drawn from the anointing of ancient kings of Israel in the Old Testament.
Did you know that that ceremony (from over 1000 years ago) still forms the basis of English coronations to this day
6) Conquest! (7th April)
England enters a period of prosperity but the Vikings hadn't forgotten about this rich land which was getting even richer.
As luck would have it for them, the English were led by Aethelred the Unready.
England is conquered and becomes part of a North Sea Nordic Empire ruled over by King Canute.
Eventually, the royal house of Wessex is restored but when Edward the Confessor dies childless the Kingdom is thrown into turmoil and the vultures start to circle. The year is 1066...
7) Discussion Group (14th April)
All are welcome to come along to have more in-depth conversations about the material covered, ask any further questions, and share their highlights of the series.
- Duration: 60 mins x 6 plus discussion group
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Meet the Host, Chris
Chris Green (“The History Chap”) tells the stories that bring British history to life.. A graduate in History, Chris combines a deep knowledge of his subjects, with a natural flair for story telling. Audiences have described his talks as interesting, enjoyable and engaging.
Chris lives in the historic market town of Nantwich in Cheshire. Aside from his passion for history, Chris enjoys walking and cooks a mean Thai curry!
Last year, he made his debut as a stand up comedian in Liverpool (and survived to tell the tale!).
His website is: www.thehistorychap.com
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