Two of our greatest public historians join us to overturn our preconceptions of the Middle Ages as a shadowy brutal era and reveal a thrilling new perspective.
‘Throughout its history Britain has been a refuge or a goal for tribes pushing westwards, and the successive immigrants have left their mark, shaping landscape, culture and language over 5000 years…’ – Michael Wood
Forty years ago Michael Wood’s ground breaking In Search of the Dark Ages offered an unrivalled exploration of the origins of England, establishing its author as one of Britain’s leading popular historians.
Now, in conversation with Sir Tony Robinson, Michael joins us to share new finds, new scholarship, and new insights – into women’s history, social history, casting new light on the fascinating and mysterious centuries between the Romans and the Norman Conquest.
Alongside household names like Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror, we will meet Penda of Mercia, the last pagan Anglo-Saxon king; Abott Hadrian of Canterbury, ‘the man of the African nation’; Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians, Eadgyth Queen of Germany; and other key figures whose stories have not been told – until now.
Don’t miss this tour through an exhilarating and formative period in the history of Britain: the beginnings of English language and literature, of law and the parliamentary system, of the English state, and even of civil society.