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‘King of all Britain’: New light on King Athelstan
Speaker: Michael Wood

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  • Wednesday 19 June 2013, 6.00PM
  • Free admission
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  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (See locations page)

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When Alfred the Great’s grandson, Athelstan, occupied York in 927 he became the first king of all the English. In a talk richly illustrated from the king’s own manuscripts, and a clip from a new TV documentary, the historian Michael Wood offers some clues towards an Anglo-Saxon royal biography with a special focus on the king’s relations with the Northumbrians-and a new Yorkshire location for the ‘Great War’ of the tenth century, the Battle of Brunanburh.

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