gave an overview of British history from the departure of the Romans to Norman times.
This was a chance to talk about why so much of
’ culture is different from
’s, its Ancient British, rather than Anglo-Saxon, origins and the sources of its iconography; dragons, leeks and daffodils.
The talk also mentioned some of the Herculean efforts that the English undertook to wrest and maintain control over
, such as the construction of the giant castles that stand to this day, and the reasons for their failure to subdue the population.