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James - looking down

debris4spike in photo_scavenger

Looking Down

A few weeks ago I went with a friend to Sherborne in Dorset, and visited the Abbey.  We were told that there were the bones of 2 English Kings buried there. The Abbey as seen today dates from 1485, but inside are the bodies of two Kings of Wessex, Alfred the Great's elder brothers King Ethelbald (died AD 860) and King Ethelbert (AD 865).

Christine & I waled round, and enjoyed the amazing building, but couldn't see the tombs. We asked, and were told to go to the North-East corner of the Abbey, and look down ...
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How fascinating! Thank you.
It was a suprise to see them ... pleased I did though.
Oh my, how fascinating and eerie! I would have loved to see that.
I was stunned when I realised that it wasn't just going to be a plaque on the floor ... never seen that in an English Abbey (sometimes see a bone of a saint in some of the European Cathedrals).

Had to brush up on my history, as not a time I know much about.
Oh wow, you actually can see the bones! I would have expected just the marker over the tomb. How fascinating!

I've always had a soft spot for Alfred the Great, so what a treat to see Ethelbert and Ethelbald's final resting place. I wonder which brother's bones those are.
Yes, we spotted the marker first - and that was all we were expecting, till we realised what was just next to it in the floor.

It looks a bit of a jumble ... but maybe as brothers they were used to that (thinking of my 2 brothers!)
Oh, that's marvelous! I'll be taking my shots tomorrow and I fear mine won't be nearly as interesting.

- Erulisse (one L)
Well your photos will be great as you are taking them in response to the challenge - I cheated and used a photo I took last month.

*Good Luck*
Wow! Not sure I've ever spotted that, though I've been to the site. Thanks for showing us!
*g* ... We walked round with the mini-guide in our hands and still missed it, which is why we asked the ladies at the help desk where it was.

So, not suprised to hear others missed it as well.
Ooooh, cool. I love graves and bones and stuff.
It was a a fascinating site, among all the other ornate structures.
Such a fascinating post. I learned about Alfred the Great in primary school. Australia was part of the British Empire back then. Probably history lessons today are more multicultural. I'm amazed that the bones are visible. What a great response to the prompt.
We all learnt about King Alfred .... burning the cakes!

In actual fact I am "ancient =" enough that we did a project on Sidney in my last year at Junior school (at 11) as you were just building the Opera House at that point.

I love history - just wish I could remember the facts though!
I moved to Sydney to live as a youngish adult, and that was when the opera house was under construction, so I have a few years on you. I really think it is the jewel in Sydney's crown.