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IT’S TIME FOR OUR SUMMER BREAK,
WE’LL SEE YOU ALL ON SEPTEMBER 22nd
Roger Barnes will tell us all about the impact of Peter Todd on the Lower Lane community of Wheelton with a talk entitled….
‘He rejoiced to see them comfortable.’
Curious? ……. Come along and find out what it’s all about.
‘3 for 2’ part year memberships available.
JOIN FOR THE FINAL THREE MEETINGS OF THIS YEAR AND PAY FOR ONLY TWO.
September 22nd – Roger Barnes – ‘He rejoiced to see them comfortable.’
October 27th – The ‘Constant Mary’ waterwheel system, Read and Simonstone.
November 24th – The Lancashire Witches of 1612 – Dr. Robert Poole.
AN EXCITING NEW BOOK ABOUT VIKING HISTORY IN OUR AREA AND THE CUERDALE HOARD IS ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED BY ONE OF OUR OWN SPEAKERS…….READ ON……
Viking Voices, by Vincent Atherton
My attendance at a meeting of the Brindle Historical Society two years ago inspired me to write an historic novel, to explain how the Cuerdale Hoard might have come to the Ribble. The book is just recently been made available and is officially released on 28th September 2014.
My research confirmed that the most likely group to have buried the hoard was the Hiberno-Norse who were expelled from Dublin in 902 AD, and then spent several years wandering the Irish Sea before retaking Dublin in 917 AD. These two events define the time span of the novel.
In the intervening period they split into several groups. Three grandsons of Ivarr the Boneless, who had founded the original Norwegian settlement on the Liffey, emerged as prominent leaders and, of these, one known as Ragnald or Rognvaldr, was perhaps the most successful. He is therefore a prime suspect for having buried the hoard at Cuerdale and the book follows that line. It tells his story through the voice of Amleth, his advisor, and Aud, who is Amleth’s wife. Eventually we hear Ragnald’s voice too.
The area in which we live was then SW Northumberland, and a part of the Danelaw ruled over by the Jorvik Danes. The new comers settled extensively on the Dee and the Ribble and must have come into extensive contact with the Danes. In particular, they are likely to have met Agmund the Hold who was a contemporary Danish land holder and subsequently gave him name to the region of Amunderness, between the Ribble and the Lune. Those contacts must have been fascinating to observe, there must have been tension as these were people who gloried in war, but both parties also had a lot to gain from co-operation. Not least because they had a powerful common enemy in the Angles who surrounded them.
History books do not record everything though and so Amleth and Aud are fictional characters who tell us of how it might have felt to be caught up in this complex and dangerous world. They experience life as though it is their real world rather than a historic record.
So they have family issues to resolve with all of the pleasure and pain that goes with that. They experience the feelings of lust, greed and personal ambition, as well as the sensation of fear and despair. They know achievement and they know failure and heart break.
They tell us more the emotions and sensations of being alive in the 10th century than any history book would dare to!
Viking Voices can be bought at Hoghton Towers, Samlesbury Hall, the Museum of Lancashire, the Harris Museum, Lancaster Castle or Waterstones in Preston.
It can also be bought directly from the publishers, and this is especially recommended by users of e-books.
Read about the History of Brindle and about the people that have lived here.
History of Brindle
Brindle is a small and ancient village set in farmland and bordered by the towns of Preston, Chorley and Blackburn
A Titanic Connection
Second Officer Charles Lightoller was the last Titanic survivor taken aboard Carpathia
In the summer of 1871, a young man set off to make the train journey north to the distant village of Brindle