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The Life and Times of Alfred the Great (Kings & Queens) Paperback – 1 Jul 1993
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Tells the story of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex. Despite small resources, this singular man - a doughty warrior, impressive administrator and dedicated scholar - succeeded in defeating formidable foes and becoming the founder of the English monarchy.
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Douglas Woodruff's book brings King Alfred back to life: The events of his father's reign, the circumstances of Alfred's ascent to the throne, the sense of patriotism he instilled in his subjects, and the after-effects of Alfred's commitment to God and Country--the man's spirit echoed for centuries. Indeed, England celebrated the 1,000-year anniversaries of both Alfred's birth and death.
The author includes maps of Anglo-Saxon England, Anglo-Saxon paintings and drawings, photos of Anglo-Saxon (and Dane) armor, photos of gargantuan drawings carved into hillsides commemorating Alfred's victories (which still exist today), and even photos of Anglo-Saxon jewelry and coins.
For either the novice, or the seasoned student of English history, this book will fascinate.