King Offa of Mercia is famed as a ruthless ruler, desirous of influence at any cost, and savage in his pursuit of power.

He sought alliance with Charlemagne in Europe, extended his control over coinage and trade, and understood the importance of innovation in establishing and consolidating his line of succession. But he also was a great patron of the Church, and is widely attributed with having established our own abbey in St Albans in 793. This talk introduces Offa and his predecessors, upon whose aspirations of ‘Mercian Supremacy’ Offa built his kingdom, investigates his reign, and explores why he might have taken such an interest in St Albans.

Tutor: Caroline Godden, Adult Learning Officer

Venue: Alban Room, St Albans Cathedral

Price: £10