Written history must hold itself subject to constant revision – what has been printed is not often the entire story.
This LancLive article points that out with new info about Alfred the Great, pre-Norman English history, and the Vikings who had considerable influence on the British Isles at the time. (Ed.)
Who was Ceolwulf II of Mercia?
15:15, 9 JUN 2019
Alfred the Great and the best depiction we have of Ceowulf - did Alfred erase his good name from the history books? (Image: Lancs Live)
The discovery of a previously unknown Viking hoard in Lancashire and Durham last week could impact British history. That's according to what Dr Gareth Williams, curator of early medieval coins and Viking collections at the British Museum, suggested after the coins and silver bar were discovered in targeted police raids.
But what perceptions of history have been changed by this new discovery? What is so special about this hoard and what understandings of ninth-century Britain have now been altered because of it?
We will dive into the long and highly fraught history of Ceolwulf II of Mercia, a man thought to be a minor nobleman and puppet king of the Vikings but who could now be considered a close ally of Alfred the Great and pivotal figure in pre-Norman British history.