Arthur and Alfred - Legendary Monarchs at Winchester

Arthur and Alfred are two of Britain's most iconic kings. They share many things in common: both are seen as saviours and unifiers of the nation, both have a reputation for piety, and both have no known grave... Curiously while the semi-mythical Arthur's fame has risen to sharply. We shall explore why this has happened, how the myths surrounding the two grew up and how they have intertwined and influenced each other over the ages. There is no better place to do this than Winchester, Alfred's capital and according to Thomas Malory, Arthur's Camelot, and still possessor of a "round table".

  • Andy Fear - Lecturer and classics at Manchester University. He has published on both the Classics world and the dark ages.
  • Visit the key parts of Winchester associated with Arthur and Alfred including The Great Hall and Medieval Round Table
  • Behind the scenes at Winchester stores
  • Lunch - Tea/Coffee

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

09.45 - Meet at The Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel. Paternoster Row, Winchester. S023 9LQ

10.00 - Introduction lecture by Andy Fear: On what we really know about the legendary Warlords.

11.30 - Walk to the Winchester Museum

12.45 - Lunch at the Mercure

13.45 - Walking tour to see The Great Hall, St Bartholomews Church

15.00 - Taxi to the stores

15.15 - Visit the stores for a handling session on Life in Saxon Winchester and the high times of Saxon Kings

16.30 - Finish then taxi back to the Mercure

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

09.45 - Meet at The Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel. Paternoster Row, Winchester. S023 9LQ

10.00 - Introduction lecture by Andy Fear: On what we really know about the legendary Warlords.

11.30 - Walk to the Winchester Museum

12.45 - Lunch at the Mercure

13.45 - Walking tour to see The Great Hall, St Bartholomews Church

15.00 - Taxi to the stores

15.15 - Visit the stores for a handling session on Life in Saxon Winchester and the high times of Saxon Kings

16.30 - Finish then taxi back to the Mercure

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager

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2020 Tour Details

£140
  • 1 Days
  • 15th Jul - 15th Jul 2020
  • with Dr Andrew Fear
  • Code: XAA20B
  • Available
  • without flights
£140
  • 1 Days
  • 10th Oct - 10th Oct 2020
  • with Dr Andrew Fear
  • Code: XAA20C
  • Available
  • without flights

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