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Podcast that tells the story of how a new country and culture emerged from the chaos of the Dark Ages; and the story of the period that laid the foundations of modern England.

Anglo Saxon England Podcast Acast

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Podcast that tells the story of how a new country and culture emerged from the chaos of the Dark Ages; and the story of the period that laid the foundations of modern England.

    21 His Years were full of Glory

    21 His Years were full of Glory

    Athelstan was a dynamic and effective ruler, in war, law, and diplomacy. As a war leader he established at least nominal overlordship of all Britain; his marriage alliances included the greatest of European rulers; and he increased the age of legal responsibility from 12 to 16.
     
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    • 37 min
    20 English Reconquest

    20 English Reconquest

    The story of a brother and a sister - Æthelflæd and Edward, and their bid to reclaim the lands of the Danelaw, the north and east of England being settled by the Danes
     
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    • 38 min
    19 Pillar of the Western People

    19 Pillar of the Western People

    In 892, the vikings returned - and found a very different, much better prepared Wessex waiting for them. Until in 899, Alfred died to be succeeded by his Son, Edward, who would in the end turn the tables on the Vikings.
     
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    • 27 min
    18 Reconstruction and Defence

    18 Reconstruction and Defence

    Alfred had earned Wessex and period of respite, between 878 and 892. In this time, Alfred laid the foundations not just for the defense against renewed invasions, but for the successes of the 10th century.
     
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    • 30 min
    17 Alfred and the Fight for Survival

    17 Alfred and the Fight for Survival

    Between 871 and 878, Wessex came close to extinction, as the Great Heathen Army, the Great Summer Army, and Guthrum the Dane came to conquer.
     
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    • 31 min
    16 The Great Heathen Army

    16 The Great Heathen Army

    Everything changed for Anglo Saxon England in 866; the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok came for conquest, not just treasure and slaves.
     
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

MattRdavey ,

Brilliant

Very interesting and entertaining. The combination of overall big picture along with interesting detail is ideal. I haven’t listened to his “history of England” podcast yet but I definitely will be on the strength of this

Shandois ,

Enjoyable, great pace and a brilliant way to learn.

If you need or want to ‘get into’ the Anglo-Saxons, here’s how to do it. David is clear and witty - two essentials when binge listening to a history podcast.

FieryJack65 ,

Superlative

My interest in history began at a very early age with the Farjoens' "Kings And Queens" poems, the very first of which started with the lines:

"William the First was the first of our kings
Not counting Ethelreds, Egberts and things"

It was not long before I became uncomfortable with the notion of these Ethelreds and Egberts somehow "not counting" and resolved to find out more about the Saxon kings. The information available to a schoolkid was scarce in the 1970s but as time went by I accumulated more information about this fascinating period. After all these years David's podcast represents the best history of Saxon times - concise but detailed, resolutely human at the same time as being resolutely factual - I have ever come across. Thank you, bloke in a shed.

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