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The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great
Sometimes the heroes of history are truly worthy of the golden reputations they carry.86% (5)
King Alfred united Anglo-Saxon England against a Viking invasion, led the English into battle against the Danish hordes, created a renaissance of literature and the arts, reformed the legal system, and set the stage for a revival of Christian worship. But that's not what made him great. Ben Merkle unravels the tale of how a great man came to power during one of the most difficult periods in English history, how he led his nation through them, and how he laid the groundwork for England's coming triumphs on the global stage.
Westbury White Horse
Went visiting Cath’s brother and his family today who live in deepest, darkest rural Wiltshire in a village called great Cheverell not far from Devizes. It’s been the best day of the year so far weather wise and when my sister-in-law offered me a ride in her convertible mini out to see the white horse near Westbury, how could I refuse ? I love the idea of convertible cars and this was only my second time in one (and the first time being their old Peugeot) . We got told off for bad parking by a car full of Westbury yoots. The Westbury white horse is the oldest of the Wiltshire horses. It is also one of the best situated, being high on a very steep slope and overlooking a panoramic view. It is on Westbury Hill, on the edge of the Bratton Downs, immediately below the Iron Age hillfort called Bratton Camp, north-east of Westbury and near to the villages of Bratton and Edington. There is a car park with a viewing point on the B3098 just east of Westbury, and a car park above the horse on Westbury Hill. Note that the lanes up onto the hill are steep and narrow, and are used by horse riders. There has been a white horse on the site for at least three hundred years or so. The earliest mention of it is in "Further Observations on the White Horse and other Antiquities in Berkshire" by the Reverend Wise, published in 1742. The white horse of the title is the Uffington horse, but the author also refers to the Westbury horse. He relates that he was told by local people that it had first been cut in the memory of persons still living or who had recently died, which suggests a date in the late sixteen hundreds. That horse was very different in design to the present one, and is perhaps Saxon or earlier in appearance. However, it could well have been a deliberate "mock-Saxon" pseudo-antique folly; there are no earlier references to a horse on the site, even by authors who mention the Uffington horse. In 1778, a Mr. George Gee, who was steward to Lord Abingdon, had the horse re-cut to a design nearer to its present day appearance. He apparently felt that the older version was not a sufficiently good representation of a horse. One cannot help but wonder if the name G Gee had made him overly sensitive about horses. A century later the horse had become somewhat misshapen, and in 1873 it was restored according to the directions of a committee appointed for the purpose, and edging stones were added to help hold the chalk in place. The shape of the present horse dates from this restoration. In the early twentieth century, concrete was added to hold the edging stones in place. In the late nineteen-fifties, it was decided that it would considerably reduce the maintenance costs if the horse were covered in concrete then painted white. The concreting was repeated in 1995. Given that the horse is now concrete, it is perhaps ironic that the marvellous panoramic view from the site of the horse is spoilt only by being bisected by the massive chimney of the local cement works.Horses on the Oktoberfest II
Brewery horses (Saxon-Thuringian draft horse) of one of the six Munich Breweries on the Oktoberfest: Lowenbrau. See more draft horses of four other breweries on the Oktoberfest in my stream. Lowenbrau, is a brewery in Munich that produces a traditional Munich-style beer. It is owned by the Belgian company Anheuser-Busch InBev. Like other premium German beers, it is brewed according to the German "Reinheitsgebot" (Purity Law) dating back to 1516. Lowenbrau means "lion's brew". Lowenbrau has a long history dating back to 1383 when it was first brewed at "Zum Lowen" ("The Lion's Inn") by an innkeeper. Lowenbrau has been served at every Oktoberfest in Munich since 1810 and is one of only six breweries permitted to serve beer at the festival. During Oktoberfest, Lowenbrau brews a special beer called "Wiesenbier", a fresh, light amber lager. === Brauereirosser des Lowenbrau auf dem Oktoberfest in Munchen. Das Sachsisch-Thuringische Kaltblut wurde ursprunglich in Sachsen und Thuringen, vorwiegend im Bereich Gestut Merseburg, Torgau, Moritzburg und ab 1765 im Erzgebirge gezuchtet. Es sind leistungsstarke und arbeitswillige Kaltbluter, die raumgreifende Gange und einen gutmutigen Charakter haben. Mehr Pferdegespanne von weiteren 4 Brauereien auf dem Oktoberfest finden sich in meinem Stream. Die Brauerei Lowenbrau wurde wahrscheinlich bereits 1383 gegrundet. Lowenbrau wurde 1746 erstmals im Biersudverzeichnis von Munchen erwahnt. 1863 ist die Lowenbrauerei erstmals gro?te Brauerei Munchens mit einem Viertel des gesamten Bieraussto?es der Stadt.
Galwyn, the son of a bankrupt and dishonored aristocrat, has always had an ear for languages. So when Lord Artos?later known as King Arthur?needs an interpreter to help him buy large horses to breed a troop strong enough to carry armed warriors against the Saxon invaders, Galwyn gets a chance to redeem his father’s honor and make a name for himself.Related topics:
Includes an author’s note..
Anne McCaffrey is back with this precious, well-researched yarn that follows a Celtic lad in service to King Arthur. Set in fifth-century Britain, McCaffrey's first historical novel for young adults rejects a fantastical, Hollywood treatment of King Arthur in favor of realism and solid storytelling. Take away the Round Table and the usual knights-in-shining-armor hoo-hah, and you're left with an engaging, endearing chapter from the life of Artos, Comes Britannorum, a young war leader in search of horses strong enough to carry his armored warriors into battle against the savage Saxons.
The story is told through the eyes of polite, earnest young do-gooder Galwyn Varianus, who has fled the service of his cruel, brutish, seafaring uncle to take up with the charismatic Artos. Galwyn quickly proves his value with his affinity for languages and horses, and he accompanies Artos and the Companions (proto-Knights of the Round Table) as they execute their plan: acquiring and then breeding a handful of fabled Libyans, the horses of the book's title, and then mastering and disseminating the knowledge of horseshoe-making. The action revolves around Galwyn's role in this plan and never rises above the pace of, say, an after-school special. But rich details, McCaffrey's obvious love of the subject matter, and involving characters go a long way to make up for the story's slow trot. (In particular, you'll find yourself waiting eagerly for the comeuppance of one character, a sneering rider named Iswy, Goofus to Galwyn's Gallant.) --Paul Hughes
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