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Baby names: The legacy of the Norman conquest

Why have Norman names such as William, Henry, Robert, Alice and Matilda been popular for 1,000 years after the Norman conquest? Further wreathing the 11th Century in mystery, says Professor Bartlett, is how unfamiliar the names of the Anglo-Saxon protagonists are to modern ears - Aethelred, Eadric, Leofric. By contrast,

Sword stud may rewrite Welsh history

The discovery of a sword stud in Monmouth, Wales, may indicate a previously unknown Anglo-Saxon period. “We know very little in reality about what was happening in Wales between the Romans and the Normans,” he said. “We have lots of legends and stories but very little in the way of absolute

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