sun18sep2:00 pmsun3:00 pmFortress of God: Aethelflaed, Gloucester & the Reconquest of EnglandAndrew Armstrong


September 18, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm(GMT+01:00)

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In a brand new talk, City Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong casts fresh light on the fascinating story of the defence and reconquest of England from the Vikings. Beginning with Alfred the Great he discusses the innovation that, more than anything else, helped to stop the Vikings: the creation of the burhs, a system of fortresses established across the kingdom of Wessex. He reveals how Alfred’s daughter Aethelflaed used these fortresses to defend the Kingdom of Mercia and then to reconquer the Midlands. For both father and daughter this was also a spiritual battle as he discovers how in Gloucester the two English monarchs sought to secure divine approval and support against the pagan invaders.

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