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By Marjory Grieser

within the 8th century, the Danes sailed the North Sea and landed at the Northumbrian coast of britain. In below 100 years they ravaged every thing of their course, and finally captured the town of London. King Alfred the good of Wessex fought again. A key function during this struggle used to be performed via Alfred's oldest baby, Aethelflaed, often called the girl of the Mercians through her personal humans.

This tale is a fictionalized account of the lifetime of girl Aethelflaed. Her profitable security of the western border of English Mercia opposed to the Scandinavian Vikings used to be a significant factor within the luck of the English campaigns. She used to be a warrior princess, an army tactician, and a treaty negotiator whose efforts, including these of her husband, Ethelred, Overlord of Mercia, and her brother, Edward, finally drove again the Viking invaders and united England less than one crown.

Years in the past I stumbled on the identify of Aethelflaed in my readings in early English background and used to be intrigued that this heroic lady, who performed such an immense army position within the making of the English country, must have obtained so little point out. within the early Nineteen Seventies, i began interpreting each checklist of Anglo-Saxon background i may locate. sincerely, i wanted to visit England to determine extra approximately this woman's existence. One journey become 3, and while I got here again to the States after those journeys, i began writing approximately her lifestyles as I imagined it will possibly were. simply because little is understood concerning the lives of Aethelflaed and her contemporaries, this account of her lifestyles might be learn essentially as a narrative informed opposed to the backdrop of 9th and 10th century Anglo-Saxon England. I relied on that recorded occasions may function a advisor to the characters of those people.

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