Friday, October 30, The Beacon, 3.30pm: As Wantage is the birthplace of King Alfred the Great, we’re thrilled to be including a festival talk with an Anglo-Saxon theme. Historian Henrietta Leyser will be telling us about the Anglo-Saxon ruins still to be seen in England today.
Many of these sites date from the time of the Venerable Bede, the Anglo-Saxon monk, scholar and author whose books played a key role in the development of English national identity.
Leyser will guide us through the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms that mattered most to Bede. Opening a window on an English world before the Conquest, her talk will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about the England of Sutton Hoo, of Beowulf and the Staffordshire hoard – and about how Christian conversion shaped the development of the country, its landscape and legends.
Henrietta Leyser is a historian who specializes in the history of medieval England. The author of Medieval Women (1998) and Beda (2015), she is an emeritus fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford.
Friday, October 30. 3.30pm. The Beacon, Wantage. Tickets: £6
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Online booking closes on October 22.