The Legacy of Alfred: the Anglo-Saxons and the birth of England

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Wednesday 12 September
Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB

Join Michael Wood and a panel of eminent medievalists as they discuss how the foundations of the English state were laid in Winchester by Alfred the Great and his family. This was a period when many remarkable women shaped our history, notably Alfred’s daughter Aethelflaed. Who was the most extraordinary Anglo-Saxon woman? The panel members will be nominating their favourites – who will be yours?

Panel members

Prof. Michael Wood, historian and film-maker, is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. He has written many bestselling books and has made well over 100 documentary films. He recently received the British Academy President’s Medal for Outreach in History.

Prof. Barbara Yorke is Emeritus Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester and an internationally recognised expert in Anglo-Saxon England, particularly Winchester and Wessex. She was guest curator of the exhibition ‘King Alfred: Warfare, Wealth and Wisdom’, held at the Winchester Discovery Centre in 2008.

Dr Ryan Lavelle is Reader in Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester. He is the author of the award-winning book Alfred's Wars and has been acting as historical advisor for The Last Kingdom, the hit BBC series based on the novels by Bernard Cornwell that tell the story of King Alfred and the birth of England.

Dr Katherine Weikert is Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval European History at the University of Winchester. Her main areas of research examine the connections between gender, space and authority in medieval England and Normandy and the political uses of the medieval past.

Tickets: £12.50, available from Winchester Discovery Centre, 01962 873603 or online at (under Author Talks). A fundraising event to help secure the future of Winchester Heritage Open Days, kindly sponsored by Shentons.

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