GLOUCESTER’S WARRIOR QUEEN 8TH – 12TH JUNE 2018
Aethelflaed (pronounced Eth-el-fled) was the most powerful woman of the Anglo-Saxon era. Daughter of Alfred the Great, she ruled the kingdom of Mercia, and was a successful military strategist, fighting the Vikings, and bringing their leaders to pledge loyalty to her. She came to power at a time when England was made up of many kingdoms, each with its own culture and traditions, with Mercia the largest of all.
Aethelflaed also made a difference nationally, laying the foundations for joining England’s kingdoms into the single country we know today.
Now, 1100 years after her death, we are celebrating her life and the impact she had on our lives today. Our Warrior Queen festival gives you the chance to find out all about her in our three illustrated talks at Blackfriars Priory, take a free guided tour around the city and discover how she influenced the design of the city as we know it today.
During the three days of celebrations you can visit St Oswald’s Priory, which she built and was the place of her burial, and visit the museum of Gloucester to see the exhibition that includes the coffin lid believed to be Aethelflaed’s, discovered at the priory. You can also see examples of how the Anglo Saxons used to live in a living history village and follow the recreation of her funeral procession on Saturday lunchtime.
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