I was thinking of a way to celebrate St George’s Day this year (23rd April), and decided maybe it should fall to use to make the definitive decision about the Greatest English Medieval Monarch. Along the way you may enter a Prize Draw to win one of two coins – an Edward Ist penny, or an Elizabeth I penny.
Here is the process:
Stage 2: There’ll be a poll of the qualifying 8 through the History of England website (i.e. this website!), where you can enter for the draw if you wish. The poll will go up on St George’s Day.
Alfred the Great was the first of our kings, not counting Pendas and Offas and things. (Lectures about how it’s not really England in 871 will be returned unopened).
Medieval England ended on 22nd August 1485. The next day everyone started being Early Modern.
There are no selection criteria. You can choose your own!