[MR] Wikipedia: Æthelwold_ætheling
Garth Groff via Atlantia
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Fri May 1 02:06:23 PDT 2015
Yesterday Wikipedia's featured article was about Æthelwold ætheling, one
of numerous Saxon kings, or would-be kings, to march across the shadowy
pages of English dark ages history (How's that for a flowery
introduction?): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Æthelwold_ætheling .
This article highlights several important aspects of the
Anglo-Saxon/Danish rule of England at the time. During Æthelwold's
revolt and attempt to gain the throne of Wessex, he was accepted as king
of Northumbria and later Essex by the Danes. This seems to have been
more than just help by opportunistic Danes, but rather full acceptance
of rule by a Saxon.
Another interesting aspect of all this is how much of England was ruled
by the Danes (Danelaw) versus the Saxons, as shown by the excellent
accompanying map (click on it for a larger version). Also hinted at, but
not specifically bounded, is the Welsh Kingdom of Strathclyde in what is
now southwestern Scotland (where my Lennox ancestors lived). Strathclyde
still had another hundred or so years of semi-independence before being
absorbed into what would become Scotland.
Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot
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