[MR] Wikipedia: Æthelwold_ætheling

Garth Groff via Atlantia atlantia at seahorse.atlantia.sca.org
Fri May 1 02:06:23 PDT 2015

Noble Friends,

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.

Yours Aye,

Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot

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