April 2022


Channel 4 television presenter, Marc Morris will be a special guest speaker at the Athelstan Museum on Saturday May 7. He’ll be there to share his insights into the Anglo Saxons and the so-called ‘Dark Ages’.

The talk, at 3pm in The Rausing Building, has the title Marc Morris: The Anglo-Saxons. In it, Marc will explain how, in the early fifth century, Britain left the Roman Empire and soon fell into ruin.

Into this violent and unstable world came the Anglo-Saxons. They were foreign invaders who established themselves as the new masters of a newly-forged kingdom called ‘England’. England, a country of shires, sheriffs, bishops and boroughs with boundaries much the same as they are today.

Marc Morris - Marc Morris and the Dark Ages
Marc Morris – Marc Morris and the Dark Ages

Great excitement!

Sharon Nolan, chair of the trustees of the Athelstan Museum, exclaimed their delight at Marc’s visit. We’re grateful for his time and we hope everyone who attends will enjoy the insights he shares.’

Marc’s talk aims to separate truth from the legend and to tell the extraordinary story of how the foundations of England became laid.

As well as being a British historian and television presenter of the Channel 4 series,Castle, Marc Morris is the celebrated author of several books about the Kings and people of the Middle Ages. His publications include the recently published The Anglo-Saxons.

Acclaimed as ‘a genius of medieval narrative’, Marc has further received plaudits for his in-depth research and TV historian and journalist Dan Snow, described his book as ‘an absolute masterpiece’.

There’ll be another opportunity to see Marc in October. Then he returns to speak during Wessex Week. Wessex Week is a celebration of Anglo-Saxon history held each year in Malmesbury. It features talks, walks, music and other events.

Marc Morris’ talk in May about The Anglo-Saxons is on Saturday May 7 at 3pm in the Rausing Building. Tickets cost £10 and you can book via the website here www.athelstanmuseum.org.uk.

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