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King Alfred and the Battle of Edington (c.15th May 878)

Statue of King Alfred at Pewsey (Sam Newton)

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 15th May, 2010

An anniversary reappraisal of one of the most significant battle in English history, when Alfred defeated the Danes and saved England.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle provides a dramatic and near-contemporary narrative of the events of the year 878, one of the great turning points in the history of England. From the Danish surprise attack on Wessex on Twelfth Night to Alfred’s victory at Ethandún and the subsequent baptism of the Danish king later in the year, we shall explore this narrative and attempt to locate the events to which it refers in the English landscape as well as in the broader context of the history of the English-speaking peoples.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and the Coming of the Northmen  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 The Triumph of the Danes  
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Battle of Ethandun  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 King Alfred and the Making of England  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at UEA in 1991 and is the author of The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia (1993) and The Reckoning of King Rædwald, (2003). He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed to many radio and television programmes, most recently Michael Wood on Beowulf on BBC4. He is also a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alexander, M., The First Poems in English (Penguin Classics 2008)
Alexander, M., The Earliest English Poems (Penguin 1966)
Alexander, M., Old English Literature (Macmillan 1983)
Backhouse, J. (ed.), The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art (British Museum, 1984)
Hart, C., The Danelaw (Hambledon 1992)
Jones, G., A History of the Vikings (2nd Ed., Oxford 1984)
Keynes, S., & M. Lapidge (ed. & tr.), Alfred the Great: Asser’s Life of King Alfred and other contemporary sources (Penguin Classics 1983)
Magnusson, Magnus, Vikings! (1980, BBC Classics 1992)
Page, R.I., Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths (British Museum Press, 2000)
Smyth, A., Scandinavian York and Dublin (Dublin 1975)
Smyth, A., Scandinavian Kings in the British Isles 850-880 (Oxford 1977)
Smyth, A., King Alfred the Great (Oxford 1995)
Stenton, F., Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford 1971)
Swanton, M., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)

Bookings

Please phone or email to check the availability of places.  This Study Days are £38 per person, which includes a full day of lectures, access to the NT site, parking, coffee and tea throughout the day, and access to the NT exhibition.  Once you have reserved your place please send a cheque to confirm the booking. For your first booking please complete the application form to ensure that we have recorded your contact details correctly.

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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