Winchester students explore the world of King Alfred the Great

Hampshire Chronicle: Peter Symonds College students with Judith Pope of the cathedral education team Peter Symonds College students with Judith Pope of the cathedral education team

WINCHESTER students have been learning about the Anglo-Saxon world of King Alfred.

Judith Pope, part of the education team at Winchester Cathedral, visited Peter Symonds College recently to talk to a group of A Level English students about her research into 10th Century Winchester.

Ms Pope examined the city’s Benedictine community, exploring the life of a monk called Aelfric.

According to her research, Aelfric shared King Alfred’s belief in the value of education and the need to spread it, and the monk was considered a visionary of his time, using role-play to make lessons more interesting.

The lecture marked the beginning of a series of weekly presentations to Peter Symonds English students to help broaden their knowledge.

Head of english literature, Dr Paul Davies said: “We are very grateful to Judith for sharing her research, many students and staff will now be visiting the Cathedral to find out more.”

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