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3:32pm Friday 9th November 2012
Five years ago Oxfordshire celebrated its 1,000th birthday, but I remember thinking at the time —and I hate to carp — that surely counties, like languages, came into existence gradually, rather than with a single event.
3:31pm Friday 9th November 2012
2:02pm Wednesday 29th August 2012
How Norman was the saint and king, Edward the Confessor, born in Islip in about 1005, and now regarded as one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings? Answer: very. He left England for Normandy when he was only eight years old, and did not return for 28 years — apart from a short visit in 1036, following the death of his step-father King Canute of Denmark and England. Then he reappeared here in 1041, the year before he became King of England.
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3:55pm Wednesday 11th July 2012
Like a fragile flower struggling to survive in less than fertile soil, Oxford University came into existence some time in the middle of the 12th century. But ironically, it was the riots between Town and Gown of the 13th century — which nearly destroyed it for ever — that were ultimately the making of it.