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WELL, I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING… FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 17.55PM

Professor John Blair - Building Anglo-Saxon England

I’d kinda felt Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones would play to a good crowd (which he did); Chris Thorogood even better (frankly, you can’t go wrong with ‘weird’ in the title) but as for ‘Building Anglo-Saxon England’ with John Blair, I didn’t have a clue.
So shame on me - it was positively bursting. And Mr Blair eloquently introduced me to a kind of history I’d never really thought about: that of trying to build a picture of every day life when those who lived that life left little behind.
Why? Because homesteads back then were almost solely built of wood, meaning attempts to unravel the scale and complexity of these communities has proved more than a little tricky.
I don’t know about anybody else but I was most impressed/scared that instead of using a slim, sleek, sophisticated laser pointer to highlight his numerous illustrations, Mr Blair used instead a thick, long hefty pole (just a little less intimidating than an oar).
Proof then if it were needed, that this festival can still surprise and cheer in equal measure.

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock