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History Illustrations. From Hengist and Horsa to King Harold II

A record of our outstanding heroes and ancestors from 5th century

Hengist & Horsa. Founding fathers of the first English Kingdom

At the invitation of Vortigern, the Brython overlord of the Brythonic tribes of Britain, Hengist and Horsa,

Jutish warriors of renown arrived with 3 shiploads of warriors in order to defend the King's borders against the Picts.

I created this image having imagined the three ships arriving on the shores of Kent.

 

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Offa I with his famous sword 'Steadfast'

Offa holds the Angles border

The Angles lived in an area called Angeln.The words 'Englisc' and 'Anglisc' describe the Germanic tribe whose folk gave their name to England

Offa I was a warrior from childhood and lived in Angeln, Denmark in the 4th century.

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Aelle-First King of Sussex arrives in 477 AD

Aelle is credited with the foundation of the kingdom of the South Saxons, or Sussex. He is said to have landed near Selsey Bill (in modern West Sussex,) in 477 and immediately made war on the Britons.

In 491 he and his son Cissa massacred a British garrison at the former Roman fort of Anderida (modern Pevensey, East Sussex). The 8th-century historian Bede wrote that Aelle was the first king to be recognized as overlord of all the English peoples south of the Humber.

Drawing on Bede, the 9th-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle described Aelle as the first bretwalda (“ruler of Britain”).

 

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Cerdic has the Saxon white horse carved into the hillside. 519AD

Cerdic As with many of the early Englisc kings, little is known about Cerdic other than that written in the 9th century Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. According to the Chronicles, Cerdic left Saxony (in modern day north-west Germany) in 495AD and arrived shortly afterwards on the Hampshire coast with five ships. Over the next two decades, Cerdic engaged the local Britons in a protracted conflict and only took the title of King of Wessex after his victory at the Battle of Cerdics Ford (Cerdicesleag) in 519AD, some 24 years after arriving on these shores.

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King Penda-The last heathen king of Mercia 633 AD

As featured in BBC TV's 'Country Tracks'

 

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"Dear Mark, Further to our conversation, we would like to use your image "King Penda the last heathen King of Mercia" in the BBC Country Tracks programme, to illustrate an item we have filmed about Anglo-Saxon England. http://www.wyrdart.co.uk/index.

My colleague Richard Price at the BBC Photo Unit, will be in touch to arrange a copyright licensing agreement with you. In the meantime, please could you reply to this message with a high resolution copy of the image? "

Best wishes, Anna T. Researcher | Country Tracks BBC Birmingham

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King Offa oversees the building of the dyke

Creation of the English border. Late 8th century

 

The building of King Offa's Dyke. Late 8th century.

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Ragnar 'Hairybreeks' dies in a snake pit

King Aelle's punishment

Ragnar ( Hairybreeks) Lodbrok was a Viking leader and took part in many raids on France and England,culminating in sailing up the Seine and storming Paris .

After leading a life of warfare and violence ,Ragnar was shipwrecked on the Northumbrian coast, but although he and his crew survived the wreck , after meeting the Northumbrians in battle, most of his men were killed and he was captured by Aelle, King of Northumbria, who ordered him executed by throwing him into a pit filled with poisonous snakes.

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King Alfred organises defensive burghs

Due to repeated raids by Viking armies, King Alfred gave orders to protect his kingdom of Wessex

by setting up the first English navy to harry the smaller longships as they entered coastal waters.

 

 

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Aethelflaeda The warrior princess of Mercia. 917 AD

King Alfred's Shieldmaiden daughter

King Alfred's eldest daughter, and one of the most outstanding warrior leaders of her time during the resistance to the Danish invasion of England. Heading her army she reclaimed Derby and Leicester working alongside her husband Aethelred.

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King Aethelstan views the aftermath of the battle at Brunanburh

England 937 AD. Numbering thousands of elite warriors and huscarls, the battle of Brunanburh was fought in the west midlands probably somewhere on the coast of Cheshire.4 mighty kings were there; Olaf Guthfrithson, King of Dublin; Constantine II, King of Alba (now known as Scotland) and Owen, King of Strathclyde.

 

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King Harold at the Battle of Hastings

This is my interpretation of King Harold's stand during the battle in which he was killed whilst wielding his long handled axe.

It is known that Edyth Swan Neck ,his partner of many years and mother of his children, identified his disfigured body.

 

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Hereward 'The Wake'

Leading the ambush in the Fens

Hereward 'The Wake'ambushes the Norman army as they attempt to cross the fenlands of Ely.

Picture on high density board with a slight sheen.

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Fantasy Artwork by Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor went to Ravenswood School in Kent with, amongst others, David Bowie and Peter Frampton.

He enjoyed his time in the very first specialised school-based art form from where he progressed to study fine art at Croydon College Of Art.

His paintings have been internationally exhibited and featured on BBC programmes such as Country Tracks and The One Show.He has recently had his work displayed in a feature article in 'Pagan Dawn' magazine.

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