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Æthelflæd warrior Anglo Saxon Queen

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by jane burton, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Goldilox

    Goldilox How do I edit this?

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    Indeed it was.

    Really, when you think about 1000 years of habitation: Æthelflæd fighting the Danes; William the conqueror building the castle; Elizabeth I moving the county courts here to alleviate extreme poverty; 900 men who died fighting over the town at Hopton Heath; the rise and fall of wool, salt, shoes and heavy industry - it all rather puts Millets closing down in context doesn't it?
     
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    If you do get round to poking thine head in again, i have just discovered another book that might be of interest -

    The Lady Who Fought The Vikings

    ISBN 0 9521866 0 8
     
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    Even though you are almost certainly no longer with us, hopefully not in a 'deceased' sense, there is now this

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038dbd5

    to put flesh on the bones.

    With thanks to monkey bidness
     
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    I smocked my bitch up in a field near Loggerheads once
     
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    Watched this, was quite good although the closest they got to Wednesfield was Wolverhampton lol
     
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    Where would you bury 900 men ?.
     
  8. Goldilox

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    I'm hardly an expert on the civil war, but my understanding is that they were usually buried in graves holding around a dozen, on or near the battlefield.
     
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    Traditionally most are said to be buried in a mass grave not far from the battlefield - near Salt at a place called Slew Covert. I don't think this has been proven with any archaeology though. Some are buried at the church at Weston, i believe, and there is a chap buried at Sandon.

    The 'better sort' of dead were usually retrieved for a proper burial - although famously(or perhaps not) Gell held onto the body of the Earl of Northampton and tried to exchange it for the artillery pieces he had lost in the battle. His offer was turned down so he buried it himself after parading it through Derby.
     
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    I'm afraid my interest was piqued by all this talk of battlefields and such, so i found this contemporary account on staffspasttrack that is both interesting and illuminating -

    http://www.staffspasttrack.org.uk/exhibit/distinctivestaffs/disorder1.htm
    - interesting obviously in that the hundreds were 'threw' into pooles and pittes nearby, but also with the contemporary usage of 'slew' for a 'Captayne' of theirs in relation to 'Slew Covert'.
     
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    I have changed my mind.

    I now think that she did fight alongside.

    I can't think of any reason to think that she didn't. Honour and loyalty was born of blood, and honour and loyalty were granted to her wherever she went.

    Tamworth is making much of this anniversal year of her death - much of which has been and gone - and there is an exhibition @ the High House devoted to her as we speak.

    Q in the Park is to have an Æthelflæd theme this year, though it won't be the same without me.

    But that's not my fault.
     
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    There appears to be an Æthelflæd theme to Q In The Park this year...

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    It's on again tomorrow, but its not exactly an homage to our dear beloved Founder.

    Unless Æthelflæd was fighting for your right to ride bumpy slides.

    Which, to be fair, she actually was if she did but know it.

    Feck the Danes!
     
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    General Chat?

    What the...
     
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