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Circa 880 AD, King Alfred the Great (849 - 901) with the symbols of office.

Bones of King Alfred the Great believed to have been found in a box at Winchester City Museum

To try to locate more of the royal bones, archaeologists may excavate at the site of the city's medieval Abbey where the pelvic fragment was originally found

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Lord Hall praised the punditry skills of Sky Sports' Gary Neville

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Former Manchester United player has been credited for bringing fresh insight into expert football analysis

Album review: Tonbruket, Nubiam Swimtrip (Act)

After their pianist and principal composer Esbjorn Svensson died in 2008, the remaining members of e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio, geddit?), drummer Magnus Ostrom and bassist Dan Berglund, decided they could not continue without him and formed their own separate projects.

The original portrait, left, by Ralph Heimans and on the right, the defaced portrait

Westminster Abbey art attack: Fathers4Justice campaigner denies defacing Queen

Tim Haries is alleged to have smuggled a can of spray paint into the abbey before defacing portrait

Numerous monks who taught at Fort Augustus Abbey have been exposed as abusers

Abuse at the Abbey: How paedophile monks were finally exposed

Mark Daly reveals how he uncovered years of sexual abuse at one of the most prestigious Catholic schools in Scotland

Thames Water's tunnel vision is put out to tender

Thames Water has fired the starting pistol on the race to select builders for up to £1.6bn of contracts to construct the biggest tunnelling project in the UK water industry's history – the super sewer project under the River Thames.

Jon Freeman: Why can’t all horses with broken legs be saved?

St Nicholas Abbey’s recovery depends on his temperament and avoiding complications

Mont Saint-Michel, northwestern France, at high tide

Normandy 'island' Mont Saint-Michel cut off by extreme high tide

The last time the iconic landmark was totally surrounded by seawater was 134 years ago

St Nicholas Abbey’s career is over after he fractured a pastern

St Nicholas Abbey bows out with life in jeopardy

Racing was given a real jolt yesterday when Ballydoyle announced the bad news that St Nicholas Abbey, one of the best horses in the world, had suffered an injury so serious that it has not only resulted in his immediate retirement from the track, it has also put his life in jeopardy.

Cirrus Des Aigles could gain an edge if Ascot's showpiece is run on soft ground Saturday

Storms will be a King George fillip for Cirrus

It was a King George who described an English summer as “three fine days and a thunderstorm”, so it seems somewhat appropriate that this hot spell is about to give way to heavy rain as Ascot prepares to stage the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.

Paperback review: Ignorance, By Michèle Roberts

Ignorance tells the story of two French girls whose friendship is interrupted by the Second World War.

Snow Fairy won the Hong Kong Cup in 2010 with Ryan Moore on board

Snow Fairy tale ends with prosaic injury

The final chapter of one of racing’s true fairy tales came to an end in Newmarket yesterday morning. Snow Fairy, the Cinderella mare who rose from the humblest beginnings to win six Group One races worldwide, aggravated an old leg injury during a routine gallop and has been retired. “It is with much sadness that the decision was made,” said her trainer Ed Dunlop, “but she owes us nothing.”

Fiona Maddocks: Her life of Hildegard is both scholarly and very readable

Paperback review: Hildegard of Bingen, By Fiona Maddocks

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Production at the Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy-Rochefort abbey is under threat - from the expansion of a limestone quarry which will cut off their water supply

Trappist brewery under threat from expansion of limestone quarry

Plans will cut water supply to abbey where Belgian monks brew prized Rochefort ale

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