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Athelstan the Great, great book on the first King of England
on 14 March 2016
Great book, a very good read, and we are indebted to Sarah Foot for a fact based, well researched, but is easy reading book, which captivates us to appreciate the amazing character that Athelstan clearly was. Yes first King of all England, all Britain really, why is he not better known? Surely it is the establishments dislike of any vulgar pre-conquest Englishness that may ensue from such thoughts. Alfred the Great, Althelstan's grand father is fine (just) but his amamzing grandson is clearly not. Perhaps Athelstan's victory of Brunanbugh is still not understood or appreciated for what it achieved. No political soap-box, but this is a very good enjoyable book, a brilliant read. I think it should be used as a compulsory school text book, so that we can appreciate our Anglo-Saxon forbears, before we were 'civilized' by our Norman ancestors.