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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2020 8:36 p.m. PST

"Founder, Fighter, Saxon Queen: Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians is Margaret Jones' study of the daughter of Alfred the Great who became the ruler of Mercia. This is one of those books that I was interested in but probably wouldn't have bought without a very tempting offer from Pen and Sword Books. I have also just binged my way through the latest series of The Last Kingdom, in which Aethelflaed is the central character. Mind you, Jones makes no reference to her liaison with Lord Uhtred!

The real Aethelflaed had a busy and testing childhood, as her father struggled with the Vikings. This included the period as a refugee on Athelney, after the Viking attack on Chippenham in 878AD. Her mother Ealhswith was a Mercian and she would have been brought up to be wedded to domesticity and a largely religious education. The Wessex court would have received diplomats from across Europe and many refugees and other nobles would be trained up in Alfred's care…"


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Aethelflaeda was framed14 May 2020 6:19 a.m. PST

As you can guess, I will be looking for this one.

marmont1814 Sponsoring Member of TMP14 May 2020 9:40 a.m. PST

A real heroine of British history if not know as well as she deserves, Britain might not have come about if this lady hadn't reconquered the Northwest and had the Vikings of York swear fealty to her, she deserves better from history. I admire her that's why I did the first 18mm personality as here at Derby talking to and urging on her Huscarles

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2020 11:36 a.m. PST



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