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Title Aethelstan: The First King of England
Published BBC, 2013
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (60 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary 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'
Analysis European/Baltic Studies
Notes Title from title frames
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Event Originally produced by BBC in 2013
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject History, Modern.
Genre/Form European/Baltic Studies
Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author BBC (Firm), distributor
Kanopy (Firm), distributor