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Much of the subject matter has been written about before.
The author seems to have found sources to reveal characters and events that have little mention in previous works.
The period following the traditionally heralded "return of the king" (otherwise Alfred the Great)
is plausibly transformed into a partnership between two men of "royal" stock.
Alfred of Wessex and Aethelred of Mercia.
The authors studies follow along lines of previously hidden facts and revelations from recent archaeology.
He introduces some interesting characters from the shadows of previous works,
Jarl Orme leader of the Five Burhs,(the East Midlands Danish strongholds of Derby, Nottingham Lincoln,
Stamford and Leicester)stands out as a characteristic opportunist.
In all a well written and easy to read book with some very interesting and plausible sources.
Providing those with an open minded view of history with an alternative but not too contraversial viewpoint.