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October 2021

England’s Earliest Kings: 1 The Sutton Hoo King and the Bretwaldas

October 9 @ 11:00 am - October 16 @ 1:30 pm
City Lit via Zoom
£59

After the Romans left in the C5th AD Britain was slowly conquered by Germanic tribes dividing the country up into about a dozen small kingdoms.  The strongest king was known as the Bretwalda or Britain Ruler.  Was the man buried at Sutton Hoo one of them? We will examine what happened after the Romans left and which tribes settled where. The Jutes founded the kingdoms of Kent and Wight first but the Saxons then dominated setting up Sussex, Wessex and…

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November 2021

The Trojan War

November 6 @ 11:00 am - November 13 @ 1:30 pm
City Lit via Zoom
£69

The myths surrounding the war between the Greeks and Trojans in c. 1200 BC. Or is it true? The myths surrounding the 10 year war between the Greek City States and Troy in c. 1200 BC including the events leading up to the war, some of the conflicts of the war and some of the events in its aftermath. The marriage of Peleus and Thetis, the Judgement of Paris, Achilles’s battles with Penthesilea, Hector and others, the fall of Troy,…

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England’s Earliest Kings: 2 Offa and the Mercian Supremacy

November 20 @ 11:00 am - November 27 @ 1:30 pm
City Lit via Zoom
£59

In the mid-C7th Mercia rose to challenge Northumbria for supremacy but after a brief set back became the dominant kingdom in England for about a century from the early C8th to the early C9th under three remarkable kings, Ethelbald, Offa and Coenwulf.  Offa is still well known today and nearly succeeded in making England a Mercian kingdom. Mercia was established later than most of the other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms but found a war leader to be feared in Penda, the last…

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