Posted by: secretperson | March 8, 2008

Anglo-Saxon To be Spoken Again

But sadly not in a Welsh style language revival.

An ossuary containing 3000 Anglo-Saxon skeletons is to have them re-interred. They were used for disease research by English heritage and are now to be re-buried, with a funeral service conducted in Anglo-Saxon as a mark of respect.

The oldest skeleton is from the reign of Danish king Cnut (Canute) the Great, who ruled over England 1016-1035 followed by a short lived revival of Anglo-Saxon rule pre-conquest. Cnut is another king known as Great, along with Alfred and his cakes, who is sadly best remembered for trying to turn back the sea rather than for ruling over a huge Scandinavian empire.

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