Festival talks by Michael Wood

85. BRUNANBURH: ATHELSTAN’S GREAT WAR

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Michael Wood, one of our best-loved historians, tells the tale of one of the most famous events of the Viking Age. In 937 a Viking, Scottish and North British coalition invaded England, only to be defeated by the Anglo-Saxon King Athelstan at a place called Brunanburh. A generation later the battle was described as the ‘Great War’; in later centuries it became the focus of folk tales, legends and Viking saga. But where was i? It is a puzzle that has challenged Michael Wood since he was a young boy but in this talk he will bring together decades of research to provide a fresh look at this famous controversy and offer an intriguing new solution.

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