The Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries

Created by Sylvia M Everitt MBE

Thirteenth Century Panel

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Staffordshire Millennium Embroideries 13th century panel

The central motif

To keep the Danes out of Mercia, Ethelfleda, the Lady of Mercia, built fortresses at Tamworth and Stafford in the year 913. However, the realm had been weakened by the long years of Viking onslaughts and when Ethelfleda died five years later, the Kingdon of Mercia submitted to the rule of King Edward of Wessex. It is perhaps around this time that Edward's 'Wessex' form of administration was introduced into Mercia and the territory divided into five shires each based on a fortified town, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire. All this is theory because there is no actual record that this is when the county of Staffordshire came into existance, in fact, its first mention is not until a hundred years later in 1016.
Although Stafford was a young settlement and situated in marshalnd it seems to have been chosen as the shire town because it was more central than Chester or Shrewsbury and Tamworth may have been considered too near the other county towns of Leicester, Derby and Warwick. Now read on....

The above extract is from the book written by Dianne Mannering about the history of Staffordshire woven into Sylvia Everitt's embroideries. Click here to find out more about the book or to buy a signed copy

From Sylvia's library

  Sylvia's review:
The Staffordshire Hoard by Kevin Leahy and Roger Bland
This delightful little book attempts to date The Hoard and theorises on the how and why it came to be found in a field in Burntwood Staffordshire.
The book is well illustrated in full colour with photos of various pieces of the hoard, some still have the mud of centuries clinging to them.
The skill and craftsmanship of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths cannot be doubted(and they call this period the Dark Ages?) and the similarities between the Hoard and the treasure of King Raedwald unearthed at Sutton Hoo in 1939 are striking.
The story of Terry Herbert's exciting find, using a metal detector, is told in the first chapter, the second gives a short outline of the life and times of Anglo-Saxon England plus some thoughts on the how and why of the Hoard.
For those of us who have been fortunate enough to have seen the Hoard this book is a treasured memento and for those of us who have not a spur to make the effort to see it.
One pound of the purchase price is donated to a fund for the conservation of the delicate jewels.

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