Aethelstan : The First King of England British Broadcasting Corporation

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British Broadcasting Corporation
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History, Modern.; European/Baltic Studies.; Documentary films.
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In this third episode, Alfred's grandson Aethelstan fulfils the family plan and creates a kingdom of all England ... Travelling from Devon to Cumbria, Scotland and Rome, Michael Wood tells the tale of Aethelstan's wars, his learning and his lawmaking, showing how he created a national coinage and tracing the origin of the English parliament to the king's new assembly politics. But there's also a dark side, with later legends that the king had his brother drowned at sea. In his last desperate struggle, Aethelstan defeated a huge invasion of Vikings and Scots in what became known as the Anglo-Saxon 'Great War' ... Wood argues that Aethelstan was one of the greatest English monarchs, and with his grandfather Alfred, his father Edward and his aunt Aethelflaed, a member of our most remarkable royal family and 'even more than the Tudors, the most gifted and influential rulers in British history'.
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230808447

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