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Alfred the Great Paperback – 29 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (29 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719566665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719566660
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is the story of England's birth, a great story and beautifully told' (Bernard Cornwell)

'A boisterous portrait of the only English king to earn the epithet 'Great'' (Bettany Hughes, The Times)

A delicious historical treat (Stephen Fry)

'Fascinating' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Compelling .. impressive in coveying the outlook of the ninth-century man' (Daily Telegraph)

'Lucid and gripping' (Mail on Sunday)

'Pollard writes with a historian's accuracy and sensitivity to context' (Sunday Herald)

'Pollard's admiration and enthusiasm for his subject helps to bring this distant figure to life' (Tablet)

'Pollard gives us a readable narrative, enhanced by a strong visual sense of place and he takes trouble over the Continental background to insular events' (Times Literary Supplement)

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In an era darkened by the terror of the Viking invasions, England's first and greatest king was a beacon of light.

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