Harald Hardrada

Harald Sigurdsson (1015 – September 25, 1066), later given the epithet Hardrada (Old Norse: roughly translated as “stern counsel” or “hard ruler”) was the king of Norway from 1047 until 1066. He also claimed to be the King of Denmark until 1064, often defeating King Sweyn’s army and forcing him to leave the country. Many Read more about Harald Hardrada[…]

The Picts

The Picts were a group of Late Iron Age and Early Mediaeval people living in what is now eastern and northern Scotland.There is an association with the distribution of brochs, place names beginning ‘Pit-‘, for instance Pitlochry, and Pictish stones. They are recorded from before the Roman conquest of Britain until the 10th century, when Read more about The Picts[…]

Harold II Godwinson

King Harold II Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England (c 1022 – 14 October 1066) Harold was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England and was killed by William, Duke of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings. Harold was born in the early 1020s, the son of Godwine, Earl of Wessex. He succeeded to his father’s titles Read more about Harold II Godwinson[…]

Historic Figures: Alfred the Great

Article from the BBC: King of the southern Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex and one of the outstanding figures of English history, as much for his social and educational reforms as for his military successes against the Danes. He is the only English monarch known as ‘the Great’. Alfred was born at Wantage in Oxfordshire in Read more about Historic Figures: Alfred the Great[…]