– Who was Æthelflæd?
– What role did she play in the founding of England?
– How has her legacy lasted to this day?
DISCOVER the epic history of England’s forgotten queen. Planting cities, sponsoring learning and defeating her people’s enemies, Æthelflæd laid the foundations of a kingdom that lasts to this day. Tom Holland’s Æthelflæd puts a spotlight on this formidable leader, pulling her out of the shadowy history of the dark ages.
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMAN THAT ENGLISH HISTORY FORGOT. Watch Tom’s short film to find out more about the Lady of the Mercians.
Tom Holland presents BBC Radio 4’s Making History and is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC and in 2016 wrote a history of Æthelstan, who was the nephew of Æthelflæd and raised in her court.