King Alfred

Anglo-Saxon Names

 Anglo-Saxon names are normally made up of two elements, each of which is a stand-alone word, either two houns or a noun and an adjective. Thus Ælf (Elf) + Ræd (advice) gives Alfred.


The Old English word Æþeling means 'child of a noble family' - prince, in effect. Modern historians often use the term 'throne-worthy' to refer to those athelings of the royal house who were eligible for kingship. There was no automatic rule of primogeniture - a king's successor did not need to be his eldest son, and indeed was not necessarily his son at all. Thus, in the 9th century, King Athelwulf had five sons, four of whom became king in turn: Athelstan (d.

Athelfled, Lady of the Mercians

 Athelfled (more properly Æþelflæd), Lady of the Mercians, was the eldest child of King Alfred the Great of Wessex. We don't know when she was born, but her father became King at the age of 22 in 871 AD, so around then or a few years earlier seems likely.

Publication date for 2012

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Bone-Thief is due out from Ebury Publishing next year. We are exploring the possibility of a book-launch in association with the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, but that’s only February, which doesn’t give us much time.