Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Another and last golden age - History of England Dave Crowther
Edgar the Peaceable's reign was as his name suggests, peaceful. It wasn't totally uneventful though, there were some pretty juicy palace politics just before he came to the throne and just how he came to be on it has a whiff of suspicion to it. But he governed well and guarded his kingdom carefully giving England the thing it probably most wanted, peace. I think the phrase Golden Age has to be understood as strictly relative here. In the Dark Ages, simply not being overrun by violent thugs is enough to count. But Edgar did set the pattern for English coronations which has been used ever since.