Alfred the Great : The Man Who Made England
by Justin Pollard
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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Alfred is the only English king to be called “Great”It was not a title given by political sympathizers, not the courtesan gift of an official biographer, nor a so-called titleIt was the gift of historyJustin Pollard is exciting, the counting authority it suits Alfred – a soldier, scholar and statesman like no other in English historyHis rule split troubled timesHis shores are under constant threat from Viking marauders and he faces turbulence at homeSoon after he began his rule a plot broke out and he was driven from his kingdom into solitary exile in the forests and peat bogsBut his ambition was not to be defeated by adversityAlone in this wet, dangerous, half-world of bogs and quicksand Alfred examined and found the motivation to create a new kind of nationDrawing on the latest historical, textual and archaeological research Justin Pollard radically reassesses Alfred’s key moments of lifeIt offers a new interpretation of what caused the most remarkable king to begin the formation of England and how it colored the history of the Western World up to our days.
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