New College of the Humanities

Levi Roach

Æthelred the Unready was king of a divided nation that lived in fear of the ‘divine punishment’ of the Vikings. Piety and prayer became his weapons of choice. 

Looking beyond the usual rogues’ gallery of historical figures can help us to better understand the past.

For over a thousand years the right of a criminal to protection within the walls of a consecrated church was universally accepted in western Europe...