Wednesday 5th May, 7.30 p.m.: King Athelstan and the Making of England
In this richly illustrated talk historian and film maker Michael Wood looks at the fascinating story of one of the great figures in English History. Followed by Q&A.
Athelstan was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 and from 927 until his death in 939 was recognised as King of England after defeating the Viking King of York. Athelstan was the grandson of Alfred the Great (and son of Edward the Elder), and continued his approach to improving government and the law, laying the foundations of Parliament. Michael Wood has called him the ‘English Charlemagne’ – the most powerful ruler that Britain had seen since the Romans. Athelstan was buried at Malmesbury Abbey in 939, reflecting his devotion to Malmesbury Abbey and the memory of its seventh-century abbot, St Aldhelm.
Michael needs very little introduction and we are delighted that he is supporting us with this joint fundraising event for the Saxon Church of St. Laurence, Bradford-on-Museum, Bradford-on-Avon Museum, and the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes.
Tickets – £7 per screen (£4.50 WANHS and Bradford on Avon Museum Members) – proceeds shared between St Laurence, Wiltshire Museum and Bradford on Avon Museum. Booking essential, through Wiltshire Museum – link below.