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The Essay, Anglo-Saxon Portraits Episode guide

  1. The Makers of the Bayeux Tapestry

    30/30 Gale Owen-Crocker explores the making of the Bayeux Tapestry.

    First broadcast: 19 Apr 2013

  2. Harold Godwinson

    29/30 Clive Anderson discusses the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, Harold Godwinson.

    First broadcast: 18 Apr 2013

  3. Edward the Confessor

    28/30 Stephen Baxter creates a portrait of the remarkable Anglo-Saxon king Edward the Confessor.

    First broadcast: 17 Apr 2013

  4. Aethelred the Unready

    27/30 Simon Keynes discusses the life of the Anglo-Saxon monarch Aethelred.

    First broadcast: 16 Apr 2013

  5. Episode 26

    26/30 Historian Pauline Stafford assesses the life of Queen Emma of Normandy.

    First broadcast: 15 Apr 2013

  6. Cnut the Great

    25/30 Dr Timothy Bolton presents a portrait of Cnut, son of Sven Forkbeard, the king of Denmark.

    First broadcast: 12 Apr 2013

  7. Athelstan

    24/30 A claim for King Athelstan to be reinstated as a more significant historical figure.

    First broadcast: 11 Apr 2013

  8. The Smith - Gold and Black

    23/30 Lesley Webster on the life of the smith and his ambivalent status in Anglo-Saxon society.

    First broadcast: 10 Apr 2013

  9. Wynflaed

    22/30 Michael Wood on Wynflaed, seen as the first woman in British history to have left a will.

    First broadcast: 09 Apr 2013

  10. Leoba

    21/30 Barbara Yorke on Leoba, the 8th-century nun who became a pioneering abbess in Germany.

    First broadcast: 08 Apr 2013

  11. Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

    20/30 Martin Carver discusses Aethelflaed, lady of the Mercians and King Alfred's daughter.

    First broadcast: 01 Feb 2013

  12. Alfred the Great

    19/30 Michael Wood discusses Alfred the Great, King of Wessex and king of the Anglo-Saxons.

    First broadcast: 31 Jan 2013

  13. Law-Makers

    18/30 Geoffrey Robertson assesses the ideas, influence and legacy of Anglo-Saxon lawmakers.

    First broadcast: 30 Jan 2013

  14. Wilfred, the Bishop

    17/30 Clare Stancliffe discusses Wilfred, the bishop who introduced music into the liturgy.

    First broadcast: 29 Jan 2013

  15. Alcuin, the Scholar

    16/30 Mary Garrison discusses the scholar Alcuin, regarded as 'the most learned man anywhere'.

    First broadcast: 28 Jan 2013

  16. Offa, King of the Mercians

    15/30 Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards discusses Offa, who was King of Mercia from 757 to 796 AD

    First broadcast: 25 Jan 2013

  17. The Court of King Alfred

    14/30 Jinty Nelson explains how the court of King Alfred was run and how he rewarded his thegns.

    First broadcast: 24 Jan 2013

  18. Caedmon, the Oldest Surviving English Poet

    13/30 Writer David Almond discusses Caedmon, the earliest English poet whose name is known.

    First broadcast: 23 Jan 2013

  19. Bede, the Father of English History

    12/30 Scholar of the Anglo-Saxons Lilian Groves explores the life and times of St Bede.

    First broadcast: 22 Jan 2013

  20. The Beowulf Bard

    11/30 Nobel Prize-winner the late Seamus Heaney's portrait of the great Anglo-Saxon Beowulf bard

    First broadcast: 21 Jan 2013

  21. Eadfrith the Scribe

    10/30 Richard Gameson explores the everyday working lives and vital contribution of scribes.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2012

  22. Cuthbert

    9/30 Historian Tony Morris explores the life of Cuthbert, the popular saint of the Northeast.

    First broadcast: 25 Oct 2012

  23. Hild of Whitby

    8/30 The story of Hild of Whitby, an abbess who held great power in the seventh century.

    First broadcast: 24 Oct 2012

  24. Penda

    7/30 Historian Michael Wood celebrates Penda, the much-maligned last pagan king of England.

    First broadcast: 23 Oct 2012

  25. King Edwin

    6/30 Discussing King Edwin, the ruler of Northumbria famous for his conversion to Christianity.

    First broadcast: 22 Oct 2012

  26. King Raedwald

    5/30 Martin Carver discusses the inhabitant of the Sutton Hoo ship burial.

    First broadcast: 19 Oct 2012

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  27. Three Alpha Females

    4/30 Martin Carver recreates the lives of three powerful pagan women.

    First broadcast: 18 Oct 2012

  28. St Augustine

    3/30 Rowan Williams focuses on St Augustine, the first-ever Archbishop of Canterbury.

    First broadcast: 17 Oct 2012

  29. The Peasant Farmer

    2/30 Portrait of the peasant farmers who have shaped the English landscape as we know it today.

    First broadcast: 16 Oct 2012

  30. Vortigern

    1/30 Discussion on Vortigern, the king often blamed for inviting the first Anglo-Saxon invaders

    First broadcast: 15 Oct 2012

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