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The first written records of the area that is now Berkshire date back to the 7th century. At this time it was ruled by Offa, the Anglo-Saxon King of Mercia (that ran from the Thames up to Cheshire). For the next 200 years Berkshire was under siege, changing hands a number of times between the invading Vikings that had set up the Danelaw, an area covering most of the North East, Mercians and their sometime allies of Anglo-Saxon Wessex.
The arrival of William the Conqueror saw many castles being built across the region, including Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle. It has been home to our Royal Family for over 1,000 years (the castle is older than America and Australia combined!).
The county remained largely at peace until The Anarchy (1138 – 1152) when two of William the Conqueror’s grandchildren both claimed the throne following the death of Henry I. Berkshire became the epicentre of much of the war and Wallingford (at the time still part of the county) the stronghold of Empress Maude in her war with Stephen of Blois. It was at the Siege of Wallingford Castle that a treaty was agreed which decided that Stephen would rule and after his death, as he had no heir (his son had died during the war) and Maude’s son Henry (II) would be next in line.
By 1215 the crown was under threat again and once more Berkshire was the at the heart of the action (we’re starting to see a recurring theme here, Berkshire the troublemaker..?). King Henry II’s grandson King John who was not proving to be the most tactful or popular ruler, was confronted by a number of barons and earls and forced to sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede. It was this document that over 500 years later became the blueprint for the American constitution and the principle of democracy across Europe, although at the time, the rich still ruled and after 100’s of years of fighting little had changed for the common man.
As usual Berkshire was in the thick of things when the English Civil War broke out in the 1600s (see, we told you!). Many of the major battles took place at locations in the county including Newbury, Reading and Wallingford.
In 1836 Berkshire, a vast county that had once included the see of Winchester, was split with large areas including the Vale of the White Horse becoming Oxfordshire, and Berkshire, previously boot shaped, was left as little more than a shoe.
In 1957, thanks to its associations with the Royal Family (being the home of the castle rather than the root of so many squabbles) Berkshire became the Royal County of Berkshire at the behest of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest reigning monarch.
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