All kings of England and Great Britain since Henry II have nevertheless been descended from the House of Wessex through Henry I's wife Matilda of Scotland—a daughter of Edgar Ætheling's sister, Margaret of Wessex. Alfred the Great was indeed King of Wessex from 871 to 899. But it’s the unrivalled winner of oldest continuously inhabited parsonage in the world. Modern day visitors to Winchester can’t help but soak in the history as they wander through the ancient streets of this small city. When you emerge at the top, a spectacular view of Cuckmere Haven awaits. Last month, while exploring an extraneous extremity (The Old Pasonage – the longest continuously inhabited parsonage in the world), we unwittingly discovered a superlative Once Existed settlement: a patch of grass where a palace built by King Alfred may potentially have possibly once stood. Travelling and walking through some of the finest English landscapes, we will try to understand how Anglo-Saxon kingship worked during this crucial period in English history as the most famous son of Wessex, Alfred the Great, fought for survival against his Viking enemies. For the next few years an uneasy peace existed between the two sides. Aelswith married Alfred in 868 and stayed by his side until his death 31 years later. [3] Beyond this, there is no existing evidence that the male line of the Cerdicings continued beyond Edgar Ætheling. The Last Kingdom features some of the most famous and influential figures from the early years of England, incorporating them into the fictional story of its lead character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. We take a gentle walk along this ancient route (4 kms) to examine locations associated with the battle of Ashdown (871) and enjoy a sweeping panorama of the Anglo-Saxon landscape fought over between West Saxons and Danes. The neighbouring “Old Parsonage” is a contender for Britain’s oldest continuously occupied home. In thanksgiving for his victory, in 888 Alfred had a monastery built on the Isle of Athelney. Edward the Confessor favored Westminster as a residence, and his construction of a large Romanesque church there would lead to its later prominence. Alfred of Wessex (871–99) is renowned as one of the great kings of medieval English history and is the only English king to be remembered as ‘the Great’. Situated in the heart of historic Wessex, we will enjoy stunning scenery, a series of short walks and one or two country pub sandwich lunches. His family were the rulers of Wessex, an Anglo-Saxon kingdom encompassing most of southern England (You can findAethelwulf’s grave stone at nearby Steyning.). Sort of. His family were the rulers of Wessex, an Anglo-Saxon kingdom encompassing most of southern England (You can findAethelwulf’s grave stone at nearby Steyning.) He continued his bid for Wessex with the vikings as his allies, but was ultimately killed in 902 at the Battle of the Holme. The House became rulers of a unified English nation after the descendants of Alfred the Great (871–899) down to Edward the Confessor in 1066. It is in the parish of Brewham in the English county of Somerset (though the tower itself is in Wiltshire), and was built as part of the Stourhead estate and landscape. Sadly, his bones and many others were lost in the late 1700s, when a prison was built on the land. However that April King Aethelred died at just 22 years old, and Alfred became king. One of our many projects here at Odd Days Out is the Once Existed Project. This would have made an excellent naval and trading base for an Anglo-Saxon power. It lies 2–3 km south of the Ridgeway and is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Alfred decided to base himself at Athelney, a small island in the marshes connected to the settlement of East Lyng by a causeway. Day 2 - Wantage to Wallingford.We start the day at Wantage, now in Oxfordshire, Alfred’s birthplace, on the northern edge of the West Saxon kingdom. Remarkably, this is inspired by events in real history. A Northumberland pipe roll mentions an "Edgar Adeling" in 1158, and 1167, by which time Edgar would have been over 100 years old. Not many sources survive from his time on the throne and he went largely unstudied by historians for a long time. Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. Historians consider her to have been a strong and successful military leader, who was instrumental in capturing Dane-controlled lands. However, he is included on this list as he does have a notable link to medieval history. From Friston Forest Car Park, walk down ‘The Lane’ and until you reach the pond in the village centre. However, recent assessments have found him to be an important figure in driving the vikings out of southern England. However, the main character in The Last Kingdom is similar in name and territory only, as the real Uhtred did not have the same remarkable upbringing or adventures.