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Why Alfred Burned the Cakes: A King and his eleven-hundred-year afterlife Hardcover – 11 May 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; First Edition edition (11 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861977867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861977861
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.5 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Horspool successfully combines a historical approach...with a perceptive analysis of the various tales the King engendered. (Times Literary Supplement)

explodes some of the myths surrounding his legacy, while retaining an interest in the genesis of the stories about him that have modern currency... (Observer)

David Horspool's Why Alfred Burned the Cakes does not seek to discredit the cult of Alfred as unhistorical but instead to look at why the myths surrounding him came into being. (Financial Times Magazine)

Myths...are scraped off like barnacles as the West Saxon hero is pulled from the morass of pious public schoolboy attitudes and sentimental Victorian values by a cheerfully revisionist historian. (Times)

This entertaining, pithy and thought-provoking book both embodies and explains the enduring resonance of Alfred's story. (Sunday Telegraph)

If you have time to read just one book about the great man, you should make it this one. (Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

David Horspool is the history editor of The Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London and is now writing a book on English rebels.

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