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King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons

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King Alfred and the Anglo-Saxons. Written and presented by historian Michael Wood
 
BBC Four will broadcast this evening the first of three television programmes on Alfred the Great and the Anglo-Saxons –
 
King Alfred the Great fights a desperate guerrilla war in the marshes of Somerset – burning the cakes on the way- before his decisive victory at Edington. Creating towns, trade and coinage, reviving learning and literacy, Alfred then laid the foundations of a single kingdom of ‘all the English’. Filmed on location from Reading to Rome, using original texts read in Old English, and interviews with leading scholars, Michael Wood describes a man who was ‘not just the greatest Briton, but one of the greatest rulers of any time or place’.
 
Begins at 8pm and lasts for one hour. Written and presented by Michael Wood. Series Producer Rebecca Dobbs. More here.
 

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The Bedale Hoard, found by metal detectorists in May 2012
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Yorkshire Museum
 
Culture 24 reports on the appeal by the Yorkshire Museum for the £50,000 needed to secure a Viking hoard for the Nation –
 
The life savings of a Viking, according to the hoard found by metal detectorist Stuart Campbell and his field-traipsing partner last year, included a gold sword pommel, a neck ring and collar, gold rivets, half a silver brooch and no less than 29 silver ingots. Believed to date from more than 1,100 years ago, the Bedale Hoard’s value in understanding 9th century Yorkshire may be priceless. But between now and March, the Yorkshire Museum, where the treasures have gone on display, needs to raise £51,636 to keep it.
 
Visit the Yorkshire Museum appeal here or telephone 01904 687671 to donate.
 

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