Nu History

There are certain types of characters and persons who leave a legacy behind which generation after generation is fascinated with. One of those persons is a man, who throughout his life was troubled by illness according to his biographer. Alfred the Great became King of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex (West Saxons and Kent) after his 4 older brothers all died. After being born as an unlikely king, as the youngest boy in among a large group of sons, he became the succeeding link which saved the kingdom from its defeat and extinction. Not only that, he also, as the Victorians saw it, laid the foundations of the Empire, the Navy and much else in English society.

But what is so special about Alfred that triggers the imagination of so many and why did generations of Brits grow up on the stories of Alfred’s reign? Why did he the most…

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