The Battle of Brunanburh, AD 937

The great battle of Brunanburh, 937, where Aethelstan’s Anglo-Saxon army defeated the combined armies of Olaf III, King of Dublin, Constantine II, King of Scots and Owen I, King of Strathclyde, cemented Anglo-Saxon rule in England. Long thought to have been fought in the Wirral , Cheshire, TV historian Michael Wood believes it took place in South Yorkshire – see map.

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Vikings

At Yorkshire Museum/BM Viking exhibition yesterday; wonderful artifacts; sadly last day today then moves to Nottingham. Below: one of the Lewis chessmen: an elaborately worked walrus ivory knight; a magnificent silver necklace or neck ring; silver bars, used as currency; a large double-edged sword. The two silver pieces are from the magnificent Bedale hoard  see https://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/collections/collections-highlights/the-bedale-hoard/