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2018 Brixworth Lecture. Michael Wood: King Æthelstan and the Making of England

In this illustrated talk, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood looks at the life of Æthelstan, the first king of England, who died on this night, 27 October, in 939. Using ‘unconsidered trifles’ – notes from burned manuscripts, paintings, gift inscriptions, fragments of lost poems, even recovering family memories, traditions and oral stories – he will take us into the mind of a man who only ruled for fourteen years, but was long remembered as ’the most just and learned of all who ruled the English state’.

Historian and filmmaker Michael Wood is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and is the author of well over 100 documentaries including The Story of England, set in Kibworth in the East Midlands – ‘the most innovative history series ever on TV' (Independent). Michael has a special interest in Anglo-Saxon history, and in addition to his best selling books, In Search of the Dark Ages and Domesday, has written many academic articles, part of a long term project on Æthelstan’s life and times. He recently received the British Academy President’s Medal for outreach in History.

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New online resource for local historians

New online resource for local historians

Posted by ap507 at Sep 13, 2017 03:30 PM |

Partnership between Centre for English Local History and University's Library comprises 100 theses covering subjects from medieval moats to hunting in Northamptonshire

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How the enclosure of common land sparked riots, revolts and resistance in the Midlands

How the enclosure of common land sparked riots, revolts and resistance in the Midlands

Posted by pt91 at Apr 25, 2017 02:04 PM |

Vaughan Archaeological and Historical Society’s annual Hoskins Lecture for the University takes place on 5 May

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Student project explores the experiences of women who entered into mixed Black Caribbean and White British relationships in Leicester between 1948 and the 1970s

Student project explores the experiences of women who entered into mixed Black Caribbean and White British relationships in Leicester between 1948 and the 1970s

Posted by ap507 at Mar 28, 2017 10:40 AM |

Study by local mature student seeks to interview women throughout Leicestershire

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How forensic statistics nailed the identity of the ‘Last Plantagenet’

How forensic statistics nailed the identity of the ‘Last Plantagenet’

Posted by er134 at Mar 21, 2017 04:07 PM |

Professor Kevin Schürer to give free public talk on Tuesday 28 March in the Centre for Medicine

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