242 – Edward AEtheling at Farnham

892 was not a very good year.

Alfred’s gambit to pacify the forces of Hastein through the power of baptism and gifts had failed utterly, and now they were encamped in Benfleet Essex, launching raids into Wessex and (probably) Mercia.

And as for the gargantuan fleet of 250 ships to the south at Appledore? It was still there.

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  1. Love the show – just wanted to suggest a couple of pronunciation points. I think I heard two places named in this episode that sounded a little odd to me.

    Boulogne is not ‘Boll-own’ it’s more like ‘Boo-loin’ (in UK English, but different again in actual French)

    Weald is not ‘Weld’ it’s ‘Wheeled’. (But don’t pronounce the h!)

    I’m not a linguist, but grew up in the Weald and that’s how we said it.

    Keep up the good work.


    1. The boulogne stuff is an accent issue. I try to remember how the French say it, but sometimes when I’m on a roll my own accent slips in. I’ll try to be better in the future.

      Re: the Weald. Damn. I thought I had that one right, but these old English to modern English pronunciations get me every time.

      Thanks for the heads up. :)

  2. What I admired about Alfred was he always tried diplomacy and the non violent route FIRST….than if he had to went to violence.

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