4Energize People

Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.–Indra Nooyi

The Swanborough Tump

Liz Mellon’s maiden name is Swanborough. Although the name has an aristocratic ring, it is in fact pure peasant, dating back to before AD 800. In AD 871, King Alfred and his brother Ethelred met at the Swanborough Tump to source an assembly of fighting men to respond to the Danes who were attacking Wessex from their base at Reading. The Tump is the meeting (or moot) place of the Swanborough Hundred, a hillock (actually a Bronze Age barrow) in the county of Wiltshire and mentioned in the will of King Alfred. The name Swana beorh appears in a charter ...

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