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Anniversary Special: The Reckoning of Edward the Confessor [born c.1005]

The Crowning of King Edward - from the 13th-century Life of St Edward (Cambridge University Library)

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 5th November 2005

Anniversary Special: The Reckoning of Edward the Confessor [born c.1005]
A reconsideration King Edward, the last of the Anglo-Saxon kings, and his place in history.

We begin with a look at the state of England in 1005 – the year of Edward’s birth at Islip, Oxfordshire – and the difficult circumstances of his youth, leading to his years of exile in Normandy from 1016-1041. We shall then chart his life as king of England until his death on Jan 5th 1066, the first act in the great drama of that momentuos year, and his subsequent canonisation.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Edward the Ætheling (1005-1016)  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 Edward the Exile (1016-1041)  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Edward the Exile (1016-1041)  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Edward the King (1042-1066)  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D in 1991 and his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, was published in 1993. He is a Director of Wuffing Education and Time Team historian has been researching, lecturing, and writing as an independent scholar in Wuffing and Early Medieval Studies for many years. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003.


Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Allen Brown, R., The Normans and the Norman Conquest (London 1969).
Barlow, F., Edward the Confessor (London 1970)
Brooke, C., The Saxon and Norman Kings (Glasgow 1963).
Hart, C., The Danelaw (Hambledon 1992)
Higham, N., The Death of Anglo-Saxon England (Stroud 1997)
Higham, R. and P. Barker, Timber Castles (London1992; Exeter 2004)
Liddiard, R. (ed.), Anglo-Norman Castles (Boydell 2003)
Magnusson, Magnus, & Hermann Pálsson, King Harald's Saga (Penguin Classics 1966).
Stenton, F., Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1971).
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)
DeVries, K., The Norwegian Invasion of England in 1066 (Woodbridge 1999)


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