Battle of Brunanburh, 937 ⚔ How did Alfred the Great’s grandson Athelstan create England?


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🚩 In the early 10th century, Britain was divided. Several Kings and Earls vied for land and power. King Athelstan brought together the Anglo-Saxons against a newly formed Celtic/Norse army. A defeat for Athelstan would cause the fledgling Kingdom of England to disintegrate. A victory, would ensure its survival.

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  1. 11:10 – The battle’s unknown location is not so weird. The location of Senlac Hill, site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, was only identified in the late C20th. The naming of the nearby town as “Battle”, which is North of Hastings, maybe centuries old and seem obvious in hindsight, but there was no written record naming the battlefield location conclusively. It took much careful sifting of archeological, historical and geophysical data to locate the hill. Searches for this 937 battle have often looked in the North East of England, close to Scotland, but current research points to the North West as the more logical point for the landing armies to arrive and for the English to intercept them. The unfortunate difficulty with the current suspected site of Brunaburgh being near Brombourgh on the Wirral, is that England built a highway through this plain in the 1970s and may have accidentally excavated and buried part of the battle site. Also the coast of this area has constantly shifted, with massive semi-permanent ports built on wooden pontoons stretching out to the sea rebuilt several times over the Millenia, making the point where the landing army of Dublin & Strathclyde came ashore to unite with Constantine, equally different to find.

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