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The Wessex Research Group archive contains those lectures that have been digitised and are freely downloadable as a personal educational tool. Permission is sought for all other forms of reproduction.

Title: Arthur and the Matter (the Spirit) of Britain
Speaker: Harold Blair

Harold Blair presents a detailed account regarding the decline of the Roman Empire in Britain and the start of turbulent times characterised by wars and invasions. He then describes how Arthur united various tribes enabling a post roman Britain which began to emerge and forge its political and spiritual direction

Title: The Warrior Kings of Wessex
Speaker: Ralph Whitlock

Ralph begins an account that starts with King Egbert and ends with Ethelred the Unready and the arrival of King Canute. King Alfred is probably most famous warrior king of Wessex however this remarkable lecture shows that there was a long line of kings who fought the campaigns against the Danes and went on to unify England and shape history as we know it

Title: Merlin and Arthur. Warrior Kings or Ancient Gods
Speaker: Mervyn Hinge

Mervyn starts by considering Arthur as a mythical figure presenting evidence for his actual existence, largely based within the poems found in Welsh Celtic literary culture. He then talks about the excavations at various sites associated with Arthurs Britain.




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