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by David Horspool

Author: David Horspool
Subcategory: Europe
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1St Edition edition (November 30, 2006)
Pages: 240 pages
Category: History
Rating: 4.3
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Horspool also tells the actual history of Alfred, so reading the book you will learn most of what we know - or what we think we know - about Alfred, but the focus lies on how the history has evolved and interacted with tradition over the centuries.

Библиографические данные. King Alfred: Burnt Cakes and Other Legends Profiles in History Series (Том 5).

Originally published as: Why King Alfred burned the cakes. London : Profile Books, 2006. Top. American Libraries Canadian Libraries Universal Library Community Texts Project Gutenberg Biodiversity Heritage Library Children's Library.

Burnt Cakes and Other Legends.

Alfred and his brother, King Aethelred of the West Saxons, met the Viking army at the battle of Ashdown near . It is here that the story about the cakes is supposed to have taken place

Alfred and his brother, King Aethelred of the West Saxons, met the Viking army at the battle of Ashdown near Reading on January 8th 871. After fierce fighting, the West Saxons managed to drive the Vikings back to Reading. It is here that the story about the cakes is supposed to have taken place. Alfred and his men were hiding in the swamps and marshes of Somerset, living from day to day, dependent on the local people for food and shelter whilst fighting a guerrilla-style war with the Vikings. Alfred decided to base himself at Athelney, a small island in the marshes connected to the settlement of East Lyng by a causeway.

4 In his book Alfred and the Danes. Alfred wanted his people to be protected and 1 Duckett, Eleanor Shipley. Chicago:University of Chicago Press,1956. 62. 2 Horspool, David. King Alfred: Burnt Cakes and Other Legends. Harvard University Press, 2006. 113. 3 Frantzen, Allen J. King Alfred. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1986. 11. 4 Reeves, Marjorie. Alfred and the Danes.

For other uses, see Alfred the Great (disambiguation) and King Alfred . Obv: King with royal band in profile, with legend: ÆLFRED REX ('King Alfred').

For other uses, see Alfred the Great (disambiguation) and King Alfred (disambiguation). 9th-century King of Wessex. King of the Anglo-Saxons. Alfred had a reputation as a learned and merciful man of a gracious and level-headed nature who encouraged education, proposing that primary education be conducted in Anglo-Saxon rather than Latin and improving the legal system, military structure and his people's quality of life. He was given the epithet "the Great" during and after the Reformation in the sixteenth century. The only other king of England given this epithet is Cnut the Great.

This book is about half a history of King Alfred the Great and half an examination of why Great Britain remains so enamored of his legend. wealhtheowwylfing, February 29, 2016.

King Alfred : Burnt Cakes and Other Legends. By (author) David Horspool. Format Hardback 240 pages.

When the BBC ran a poll in 2001 to name the greatest Briton, Alfred, a ninth-century monarch, was the only king to make the top 20. Also the only English sovereign to be called "the Great," Alfred used to be remembered as much through folklore as through his accomplishments.

Horspool sees Alfred as inextricably linked to the legends and stories that surround him, and rather than attempting to separate the myth from the "reality," he explores how both came together to provide a historical figure that was all things to all men. This book offers a vivid picture of Alfred's England, but also of the way that history is written, and how much myth has had to do with that.