Bloody British History: Oxford

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The History Press, Jan 31, 2012 - History - 192 pages
This is the history of Oxford as you have never encountered it before.The first historical record of Oxford laments that the city has been burnt to the ground by Vikings. Its religious houses were founded by a woman who blinded her would-be attacker. Its students were poverty-stricken desperados in perpetual armed conflict with the townsmen. One of its principal colleges, meanwhile, doubled as a slaughterhouse — and its richest streets and university edifices backed on to some of the most pestilential slums in England.With a mangled skeleton in every cupboard, this is the real story of the Oxford. Read it if you dare!
 

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Contents

BCAD 912 The Darkest of Dark Ages
AD 665735 The Curse of Saint Frideswide
AD 9001000 The Vikings Are Coming
AD 10661086 Oxford in Ruins
All War and No Peace
Kill the Popes Ambassador
The Real Edward II
Wining and Dying in Oxford
AD 16435 The Sieges of Oxford
EyeWitness to
AD 16456 We Surrender
Oxfords First Whodunnit
AD 17141748 Riot at the Kings Head Tavern
Condemned to Hang Forever
AD 18321854 Death in Victorian Oxford
Death to Mayor Grubb

A Martyr of Life and Death
Black Assize and Black Death

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About the author (2012)

Paul Sullivan is a specialist in folklore and in the stranger side of history with many books to his name. His previous credits include researching, writing and presenting a weekly festival and customs guide for BBC Radio 5, and columns in publications as diverse as the Fortean Times, Living History (now part of BBC History Magazine) and The Sunday Express. When time allows, he moonlights as a semi-professional folk singer.

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