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Brunanburh 937

Locating and reconstructing a lost battle
1st December - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Speaker: Professor Michael Livingston, The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina

The lost battle of Brunanburh, where England fought for survival against an army of Vikings, Scots, and Britons, might have been found in the Wirral. Join Michael Livingston as he discusses the evidence from his new book, Never Greater Slaughter.

In 937, armies from Scotland, Strathclyde, and Ireland all came together to destroy Athelstan, king of the English. The bloody conflict that followed, the battle of Brunanburh, was one of the most important conflicts in the history of England. Thousands were killed, including prominent nobles on both sides, but the victory consolidated the English kingdom and reset the geopolitical framework.

Despite the battle’s importance, for centuries its location has remained a mystery, with suggestions ranging the length of the country. Now, it may have been found. In this talk, the award-winning military historian Michael Livingston presents the evidence for the battle being fought in a most unexpected place: a series of quiet fields on the Wirral. In doing so, he explores the nature of Dark Ages warfare.

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