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The Battle of Stamford Bridge
The battle of Stamford Bridge was the first of three major conflicts in 1066 which led to the end of Anglo Saxon England.
#1066 #AngloSaxon #StamfordBridge
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Who Built Offa's Dyke?
Offa's Dyke has been attributed to Offa, King of Mercia 757 - 796, ever since Asser wrote in the 9th century that Offa "had a great dyke built between Wales and Mercia from sea to sea". At 177 miles the dyke is the longest linear earthwork in Britain and roughly follows the course of the modern border between England and Wales.
However, opinion is divided about the actual age of the dyke and there has been no firm archaeological evidence to support the association with King Offa. A previous excavation in 2014 suggested work may have started 200 years earlier between 430 and 652 AD. A new archaeological investigation of the earthwork at Chirk Castle by CPAT and the National Trust is hoping to find datable evidence.
#Mercia #Offa #OffasDyke
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Battle of Britain Day - 15 September 2018
The Battle of Britain was an aerial onslaught during the Second World War from 10 July to 31 October, 1940 in which Britain's Royal Air Force defended the island from attacks by Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe; the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces.
From early August the Luftwaffe concentrated on bombing RAF airfields to obtain air superiority over Britain, prior to launching a full scale invasion.
15 September 1940 witnessed the largest military air strike against Britain by the Luftwaffe who unleashed two large-scale bombing raids on London with further assaults across the southern coast of England.
The German aircraft were met by the fleet of RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes who destroyed 176 enemy aircraft with only 25 RAF aircraft lost and 13 pilots declared dead or missing.
On 20 August 1940 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his famous wartime speech in recognition of the supreme effort made by the men and women of the RAF; "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
#BattleofBritain #RAF
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King Arthur's Britain: The Truth Unearthed
In this landmark history film, Professor Alice Roberts uses exciting new archaeological discoveries to decode the myths and medieval fake news, piecing together a very different story of this turning point in Britain's history. The story begins with exclusive access to the excavations of an unprecedented stone palace complex on the Tintagel peninsula in Cornwall. Long known to have been a Dark Age settlement the new evidence reveals that Tintagel was also a seat of power, but who ruled there? The rocky outcrop has mythical connections with the legendary King Arthur, but there has never been any evidence found that he actually lived there or even existed. Alice explores the link between the Arthur legend and the location, tracking down the early sources for the period and the first written reference to King Arthur.
>> 21:00 BBC TWO - Sunday 16 Sep 2018
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The Discovery of King Arthur and Guinevere at Glastonbury Abbey
One of the most famous legends of the Middle Ages is the story of King Arthur. There are many tales of him and his Knights of the Round Table, how he ruled Camelot with his wife Guinevere. All we have are these literary stories, but at the end of the twelfth-century there was a remarkable discovery within the walls of Glastonbury Abbey. Had the remains of King Arthur been found?
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Camelot in Cirencester?
DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles announced on The One Show (BBC 1, Wednesday 27/08/18) that along with professor Mark Horton (Coast, Time Team) of Bristol University they had worked out the exact location of the real court of King Arthur - and could prove it!
Knowles revealed they have been formulating the idea that the knights of the the round table were based within the old Roman Amphitheatre of the historical town of Cirencester and they believe the Battle of Badon was also fought in the county of Gloucestershire.
#Camelot #Cirencester
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Alfred's Burhs
Were Alfred's network of burhs across Wessex modelled on an early series of fortifications in Mercia?
#Wessex   #Mercia   #Vikings  
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Ten Years Following the Gleam
This year marks ten years of Clas Merdin, with the first post on this blog in July 2008 being one of my favourite poems, "Merlin and the Gleam" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1889).
Unrelated to the Arthurian epic "Idylls of the King" Tennyson identified Merlin's pursuit of Nimue with the bard's pursuit of higher poetic inspiration.
#TheGleam #Merlin #Tennyson
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MERLIN AND THE GLEAM
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Rival author claims £50k in King Arthur Scottish challenge
A rival Scottish author is claiming the £50,000 offered by David Carroll to anyone who can disprove his theory that King Arthur was the son of a Scottish king.
Adrian Grant from Fife says that his book 'Arthur: Legend, Logic and Evidence' proves comprehensively that Arthur was the son of a 5th century king who ruled the kingdom of Elmet who went north to command the Britons of Strathclyde to victories over the Picts and the Scots.
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Historian offers £50,000 to anyone who can disprove his theory that King Arthur was the son of a Scottish king
Author David Carroll has spent over 25 years researching the Arthurian legend and believes he has found proof that King Arthur was known as Arturius, the son of a 6th century Scottish king and is offering £50,000 to anyone who can prove him wrong.
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