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Theme: Eoforwic: Anglian-era York

Learn about York during the four and a half centuries between Roman York and the Viking City. Find out who lived in Alcuin’s York and solve puzzles in the pub.

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Eoforwic: Celebrating Anglo-Saxon York

In York we are surrounded by reminders of the Roman and Viking past. Anglo-Saxon York, or Eoforwic, is far less visible in the city today than Roman Eboracum or Danish Jorvik. But the Anglian era of York’s history, between the Roman occupation and the Viking conquest, lasted for longer than those two eras put together. Join us as we delve into the Anglo-Saxon past and discover clues to life in Anglian York.


Puzzles in the Pub

Join mathematician and biologist Rosalyn Leaman of the University of York as she introduces the puzzles at an informal session in the ancient and medieval arithmetical gymnasium. Come along and sharpen your wits over a glass of specially brewed Eoforwic Ale.


Beer and Beowulf: Fantastic poetry

A retinue of reciters, led by Matthew Townend of the University of York, will perform a selection of Anglo-Saxon and Norse poetry, both in translation and in the original. There’ll also be an opportunity to try some Eoforwic Ale, a beer brewed specially for York Festival of Ideas by the Leeds Brewery.

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