1016 And All That: The Battle of Assandun and the Road to Hastings

Today (18 October 2016) is the 1,000th anniversary of the oft-forgotten Battle of Assandun and a brief period of Viking dominion in England. We look at the events of 1016 and the battle itself as well as considering how this encounter helped set in motion the twists and turns that would culminate in the rather more famous Battle of Hastings 50 years later.

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What a Way to Go – Top 10 Deaths of English Kings

In a recent episode of Scottish Rex Factor, we encountered one of the most elaborate deaths suffered by any of the monarchs we have covered. Inspired by this, we decided to have a look at the ten weirdest and not-so-wonderful ways in which the English monarchs have seen their reigns come to an unfortunate end.

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