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King Alfred's Warrior Daughter: The Lady of The Mercians, Her Life & Times

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Course: King Alfred's Warrior Daughter: The Lady of The Mercians, Her Life & Times
Tutor: Tim Porter
Start Date: 4th April 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £57.00 What's included?

This year is the 1100th anniversary of the most powerful and influential Englishwomen prior to the Tudor queens. Ӕthelflӕd (or Ethelfleda) was King Alfred’s daughter and she lived up to her father’s reputation as warrior, administrator and devout patron. She was the main agent in extending the power of Wessex in the Midlands and for better or worse she laid the foundations of the Kingdom of England. We will seek to place Ӕthelflӕd in her historical context and assess her achievement. 

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Tim Porter

Tim is an itinerant lecturer, with two subject areas: music and the Middle Ages. Trained originally in music, Tim worked as a composer in touring theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, but his studies, researches and explorations of medieval Britain always developed alongside. Tim’s theatre career moved gradually forward into adult education and he has been a WEA tutor for nearly 30 years and runs courses at several residential colleges in the ARCA network. He is a guest lecturer at museums, including the Ashmolean in Oxford, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups. He is a member of the NADFAS register, and speaks to history societies, music clubs, and organisations of many other types. Photography is another aspect of his works, and he has become well known for the atmospheric and unusual slides which he uses. For him, context is the key – whether relating a medieval building to its underlying landscape, or linking a symphony to the social background of a great musician, Tim believes in the power of the wider picture, and those lively connections that bring a subject into the light.

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