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At the time Alfred the Great refounded the royal city of Winchester about 880, the Saxon cathedral and the royal palace stood at the heart of the city. As the city grew, land was purchased in the city in the last year of Alfred's reign, and work was begun on the New Minster, beside the Old Minster, under the direction of Edward the Elder; when it was sufficiently complete, about 903, it was consecrated and fully endowed, the abbot Grimbald (died 8 July 901), a learned monk of St Rolffert at St Omer in Flanders, was instated and the body of Alfred was reinterred in the new structure.

Several further members of the royal house were also interred in the New Minster. The gift in 1041 by Queen Emma, widow of Cnut, of the head of Saint Valentine was cherished as one of the most valuable possessions of the now-reformed Benedictine house.

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At the time Alfred the Great refounded the royal city of Winchester about 880, the Saxon cathedral and the royal palace stood at the heart of the city. As the city grew, land was purchased in the city in the last year of Alfred's reign, and work was begun on the New Minster, beside the Old Minster, under the direction of Edward the Elder; when it was sufficiently complete, about 903, it was consecrated and fully endowed, the abbot Grimbald (died 8 July 901), a learned monk of St Rolffert at St Omer in Flanders, was instated and the body of Alfred was reinterred in the new structure.

Several further members of the royal house were also interred in the New Minster. The gift in 1041 by Queen Emma, widow of Cnut, of the head of Saint Valentine was cherished as one of the most valuable possessions of the now-reformed Benedictine house.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Jul 2019, 01:01
Well...OK then!
Chris: Well now you know. And your head is therefore fuller with stuff than it was before
oddly or not, hip replacement surgery comes to mind, Chris.
Chris: I can see your point Ayush
You're giving quite a history lesson!
Chris: That's it now. Back to normality tomorrow..
So, kinda like the Shroud of Turin, though not exactly, right, Chris?! smile
Chris: There is a similarity Ginnie
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Jul 2019, 06:54
Interesting stuff, Chris
Chris: I didn't know about this before I researched it Lisl
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Jul 2019, 07:00
So at the end they threw all the bones on one heap, closed their eyes, picked one, had expensive radiocarbon dating on it and in the end it still is one of the bones from the heap........ I think I have to lie down, Chris
Chris: Sorry to have discombobulated you Astrid..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Jul 2019, 07:34
Perhaps there is a similar legend like about Emperor Barbarossa in the 19th century: Alfred the Great will come back when England is in its highest danger - now it could be the time to come back and to stop ... - see Chad's comment today!
Chris: Yes quite Philine, he could return to save us all from a fate worse than Br*x*t..
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jul 2019, 07:42
All very informative. I will try t remember this today when I'm in Winchester for the Hat Fair today or tomorrow. I always think "Cnut" is rather an unfortunate name.
Chris: Oh yes, one slip of the finger and..

I hope you buy a nice hat
The bone was probably from a casserole he had overcooked
Chris: That is a very silly comment on his cooking abilities
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Jul 2019, 08:03
The history of Wessex is very exciting Tiff.
Chris: It is stirring stuff Chad, just like making a cake
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk where the sun rises first in England
  • 5 Jul 2019, 08:17
Don’t we just love imaginative and creative thinking.
Chris: Just WHAT are you suggesting?
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Jul 2019, 15:41
Astrid and Bill have some good points there. If it wasn't for the factual thinking, the authorities may have tried to put a royal pelvis on display. Bad form.

Would a Cnut like Emma really gift something valuable as the head (with or without lips) of St Valentine to the Benedicts? Or would she have some serv's skull cooked clean and shipped to Winchester? At least she kept his heart.

No wonder that the brothers Grimm wrote the way they did. Like a witch, fattening a boy in a cage for cooking purposes.
Chris: This blog is fast turning into a gastronomic oddity..
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Jul 2019, 16:11
I suppose if they found burnt cake remains they would know definitively!
Chris: Well...errr...yes Anne
Goodness! At this moment, I am eating some very fine English cheese, Saxon Cross, atop smoked meat on an English muffin. It only seems right to read this at the same time.

Delicious cheese. I will add a photo of the label on a future post.
Chris: Yes, you do that Mary..

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