2020 is the year of Kingdom 1000: the millennial of King Knut laying the foundation for Human Rights! Organisations across the country are celebrating – with events kicking off on 20th January.
And Cambridgeshire residents have a special opportunity to take part, with an exclusive competition to win a history day for a local school or a Cambridge Live gift voucher!
That's because the legend has close ties to a Cambridgeshire village: in 1020AD, Britain’s Danish conqueror Knut was inspired by his friendship with English peasants from Littleport to grant all medieval Britain’s people, rich or poor, the equal right to petition the king.
Whether the tale is fact or fiction, the law definitely exists. Known as “Knut’s Proclamation of 1020”, it’s found in the back of a book of gospels donated by Knut to York Minster. This law later provided the foundation for Magna Carta in 1215, and ultimately the majority of today’s Western legal systems.
To mark the occasion, several organisations across the nation are encouraging communities to celebrate, including the Local Government Association, Libraries Connected, Voluntary Arts, and the Eden Project.
To help groups celebrate, an Arts Council-supported website launches on 20th January with...
free videos from Epic Tales exploring both the documentary evidence and the folk tales surrounding them – such as how Queen Ethelfleda beat Vikings with bees!
free resources from Voluntary Arts for running community parties
the option to upload images and video from the public in response to the history
Chip Colquhoun, author of Who Made England and Epic Tales' Chief Executive Phoenix, said, “This will be a chance for people to celebrate how inclusive this country is, and the role it’s had in shaping Human Rights across the world.”
Competition exclusive to Cambridgeshire residents
According to legend, King Knut heard the monks singing as he passed Ely Abbey, and was so moved that he wrote his own carol.
Inspired by this, Epic Tales have produced a song especially for Kingdom 1000. And on the two Sundays before 20th January, this song will be broadcast on a speaker in the open air at a random location in the county.
If you hear the song, use the hashtag #Kingdom1000 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to say where you've heard it. But don't worry if the song doesn't reach your ears – Epic Tales (@EpicTalesST) will also post a visual clue to all 3 social media platforms via #Kingdom1000.
There will be 4 locations each Sunday. Whoever names the most locations correctly will win...
a history day for a Cambridgeshire school of their choice (primary or secondary), with historical artefacts from Gripping History and storytelling by Epic Tales! OR
tickets to a Cambridge Live Event
Two runners-up will receive a signed copy of a print by local illustrator Dave Hingley, who produced the artwork for Kingdom 1000. And all winners will receive a signed copy of Chip's book Who Made England (2nd edition).
In the event of a tie, the winners will be selected randomly.
The competition is open to anyone in the UK with access to one of the 3 social media platforms named above, but please note the main prizes can only be claimed in Cambridgeshire.
Sharing (or retweeting) other people's posts does not count – you must make an original post with the hashtag #Kingdom1000. However, we can't impose any restrictions on researching the hashtag to locate more clues...
Hearing the song or responding to the pictorial clue carry equal weight.
Entries can be posted any time until midnight at the end of Sunday 19th January.
SPECIAL NOTICE UPDATE 13TH JAN: Unfortunately our access to Instagram was randomly disabled seconds before our first post on Sunday 12th, so we're very sorry for anyone trying to access our pictorial clues via that platform. We hope to have it up and running by next Sunday – watch this space!
SPECIAL NOTICE UPDATE 19TH JAN: We've pleased to say our Instagram access has been reinstated – just in time! You'll now be able to find all of last week's clues via Instagram @EpicTalesST – and, of course, watch out for today's...!