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The Reckoning of King Æthelbert of East Anglia (martyred 20th May 794)

Silver penny of King Æthelbert showing the wolf-and-twins emblem

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 20th May 2006

An exploration of the history of King Æthelbert of East Anglia, beginning with a look at England in general and East Anglia in particular in the latter part of the eighth century.

We shall examine and assess what can be deduced of the events surrounding King Æthlelbert’s martyrdom near Hereford on 20th May 794, with special attention to the part played by the Mercian king Offa and his wife Cynethryth.. Finally, we shall also consider the later history and extent of the cult of St Æthelbert.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The kingdom of the Eastern Angles in the second half of the eighth century  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The martyrdom of King Æthlebert  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 A tale of two Offas  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The cult of St Æthelbert, king and martyr  
  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. Since then he 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. He is also now a Director of Wuffing Education and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M. (tr.), The Earliest English Poems (Penguin Classics 1966)
Arnold-Forster, F., Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, vol.2 (London 1899)
Farmer, D.H., The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford 1978)
Garmonsway, G., and J.Simpson, Beowulf and Its Analogues (Dent 1968, 1980)
Heaney, S. (tr.), Beowulf (Faber & Faber 1999)
Mitchell, B., & F.Robinson, (eds), Beowulf (Blackwell 1998)
Newton, S., The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (Brewer 1993, 1994, 1999, 2004)
Plunkett, S.J., Suffolk in Anglo-Saxon Times (Tempus 2005)
Wilson. R.M., The Lost Literature of Medieval England (London 1970)

Bookings

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