Who would be king?

The Monarch's Song from the terrific children's BBC production, Horrible Histories, helps young people learn the names of all the monarchs in British history. However it has always bothered me that it starts with William the Conqueror because he was not the first King of England. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC6okzIKQvg The very first King of England was Æthelstan,… Continue reading Who would be king?

Never was there such slaughter in our islands

I've finished reading The Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwall. There are 13 books in the series and while they are works of fiction they follow the history of how England came to be, as far as we understand it today. The books start with Alfred the Great and end with his grandson, King Æthelstan,… Continue reading Never was there such slaughter in our islands