Beyond the Northlands: Interview with Dr Eleanor Barraclough

We often view the Vikings from the perspective of their victims as blood curdling, robbing, raping murderers. The terror from the North which, according to some, was a divinely ordained punishment for the corruption and moral laxity of Christendom. But what if we tried to understand the Vikings from their own point of view? Alex…

In the Land of Giants: Interview with Max Adams

Ever wondered what it is really like to view the world from an Anglo-Saxon perspective? Want to know how Aelfred defeated the Vikings? Just look at the landscape, argues archaeologist Max Adams. Alex (A) interviewed Adams (MA) on his recently published book, Aelfred’s Britain: Life and Death in the Viking Age (Head of Zeus, E….

The Church that Refused to Crumble: The Miracle of Pershore Abbey

First Sight We waited with excitement for our car to crest the hill between us and Pershore. A moment later, our patience was rewarded with a magnificent view. The abbey church of Pershore stood confidently in the valley before us, the small Georgian town of Pershore wrapping itself around the abbey grounds. Red brick houses…