Why the Anglo-Saxons Matter: King Alfred and the making of England

Professor Michael Wood
28th November 2017, 7:00pm

In this lecture Michael Wood will use images and film to look at one of the most exciting and formative periods in British history—the Viking Age—when three generations of the family of Alfred the Great created the early English state.


In this time of violence and war, institutions were created which would shape British history until modern times with the English Parliament finding its roots in the era and the foundation of English law also stemming from those nascent institutions. Michael will give special emphasis to Alfred’s grandson Athelstan, the first king of England, on whose biography he is working. 

About the Speaker

Film maker and historian Michael Wood was born and brought up in Manchester. He has written a number of bestselling books and made well over one hundred documentaries including In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and The Story of India, which the Wall Street Journal described as ‘still the gold standard’ of documentary history making. His Story of China was shown last year on BBC2. 

Michael is currently Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and recently received the British Academy President’s Medal for services to History and outreach. 


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A hot and cold buffet including sandwiches, tarts, quiches, pastries, breads and dips. Dessert items are also included.

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