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King Alfred : burnt cakes and other legends

Author: David Horspool
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
Series: Profiles in history (Cambridge, Mass.).
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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" - despite the fact that he was never king of all England - Alfred used to be remembered as much through stories as through a familiarity with his accomplishments." "This book offers a vivid picture of Alfred's England, a place  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Legends
Biography
Named Person: Alfred, King of England; Alfred, King of England; Alfred, England König.; Alfred, England König; König) Alfred (England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Horspool
ISBN: 067402320X 9780674023208
OCLC Number: 68221462
Notes: Originally published as: Why King Alfred burned the cakes. London : Profile Books, 2006.
Includes index.
Description: 228 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Contents: Family tree --
Map --
Introduction --
1. The promised book and the pilgrim : Alfred's childhood --
2. Birds of prey : the Vikings --
3. The soldier King --
4. The King of Athelney : cakes, saints and disguises --
5. Defender and pardoner : Alfred's administration and its test in the last campaign --
6. The King, the thief, the code and the letter : Alfred and the law --
7. Necessary wisdom : Alfred as scholar --
8. The sick man's prayer : a personal Alfred --
9. The founding father --
10. Dying to be famous : Alfred's posthumous rise and fall --
Further reading --
List of illustrations --
Acknowledgements --
Index.
Series Title: Profiles in history (Cambridge, Mass.).
Other Titles: Why King Alfred burned the cakes
Responsibility: David Horspool.

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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  Read more...

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As the title suggests, the author of this book, who is editor of the "Times Literary Supplement", has not written an ordinary biography, for few other historical figures are surrounded by so many Read more...

 
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