The Descendants of the House of Wessex at War: THE HYDE900 KING ALFRED LECTURE 2019

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Thursday 24 October 2019, doors open 6pm for 7.30pm lecture

St Bartholemew's Church, King Alfred Place, Winchester, SO23 7DF


Dr Katherine Weikert will examine the crucial events during the 'Anarchy' in Winchester in 1141, when two 7x-great-granddaughters of Alfred the Great, the Empress Matilda and Queen Matilda, fought on opposite sides for the control of the country. In the twelfth century, the Anglo-Saxon past wasn't far from memory or faded from political importance. This lecture will look at these women both as inheritors of rule, not just as descendants but powerful political leaders as England was in a time of crisis. 

Before the lecture, Hyde 900 are pleased to welcome Alan Lovell, Chair of Hampshire Cultural Trust, to talk about the latest work by HCT and other organisations on developing a joined up heritage offer for the City, including the Hyde area.

Tickets £8 (£6 for Hyde900 members, Under 16s free). Drinks included.

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The Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend is held annually as close as possible to the anniversary of the King’s death on 26th October 899. Hyde900 organises a programme of events celebrating the Hyde area, both the history ancient and more recent that we have been uncovering, plus more contemporary events including music and the visual arts.

This year’s weekend starts as usual with the annual Hyde900 King Alfred Lecture, and includes the last event for the Hyde Soldiers WW1 project which will conclude this year on Sunday November 10th, more from research on the County Bridewell which stood on the Abbey site for part of the 18th and 19th centuries, and an opportunity to discuss how the Abbey Gateway (apart from St Bartholomew’s, the only remaining Abbey building still standing) might be better cared for and presented.

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