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Lost Realms – An Epic New History of Britain from the Romans to the Vikings

In Conversation With Luke Naylor-Perrott

62 mins watch time

Posted August 2022


As Tolkien knew, Britain in the ‘Dark Ages’ was an untidy mosaic of kingdoms. Some – like Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria and Gwynedd – have come to dominate understandings of the centuries that followed the collapse of Roman rule. Others, however, have been left to languish in a half-light¸ forgotten kingdoms who followed unique trajectories before they flamed out or faded away. This livestream event with leading historian Thomas Williams explores those lands and peoples who fell by the wayside.