Sunday, 12 June 2016

12th June AD918 - Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians died

It's the anniversary of Aethelflaed's death, and on Judith Arnopp's blog today, I'm talking about the Lady of the Mercians.

“From top to bottom, this country has no sense of itself.” This was a line of dialogue spoken by the character of Robert the Bruce in the film Braveheart. Many will, quite rightly, take issue with the film’s portrayal of history, but as a summation of the succession squabbles in Scotland at that time, it’s not far off the mark. The same could be said of medieval Wales, where brother fought brother and principalities were carved up. A similar situation existed in 9th century Mercia and, as with Wales and Scotland in the 12th and 13th centuries, it allowed others to march in and take over...

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