Decades before the Battle of Hastings, the English and the Normans were uneasy neighbours.The Vikings were at the height of their raids, robbing the rich monasteries and murdering the monks and priests.
And the Normans were helping them.
At school I remember learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Jutes but as I grew up I forgot about the Jutes and where they lived. Well into adulthood and research, they came back to me. They were the folk who inhabited the first 'Anglo-Saxon' kingdom (although they were not from the Angle nor Saxon tribes!)
In 1939, a self taught archaeologist, Basil Brown, said that he had made "the find of a lifetime."
He wasn't joking.
Some places seem to have it all. In the comparatively short time it existed, three hundred years, the Dark Age kingdom of Northumbria certainly left its mark on British history.
One of the most powerful Anglo-Saxon kingdoms based in the English Midlands.
Probably the most famous of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and one of the oldest. Wessex - 'west Saxons'.