(Review) In Search of Alfred The Great: The King, The Grave, The Legend by Edoardo Albert and Katie Tucker

Publisher: Amberley Publishing August 11, 2014.
Genre: Non-fiction, Anglo-Saxon history, Vikings, Alfred the Great.
Format: Kindle/ebook.
Pages: 202.
Rating: 4 Stars for very good.
Source: Free pdf copy from Amberley Publishing in exchange for a review. I bought an ebook Kindle copy. The Kindle copy is what I read and reviewed.

Amazon  link for the book.
Author link at Amazon. 

Further links on Alfred the Great:
The British Monarchy
Royal Family History
BBC History
History.net
History Today
The Daily Beast/remains of Alfred the Great found
Britannica
Open Library, The Works of King Alfred the Great


Summary:
Alfred the Great had not thought he'd become king. He was the youngest of four brothers. He was born in AD 849. He became king of the Wessex kingdom in AD 871. Wessex was a kingdom in southwest England. During the early part of the Anglo-Saxon period, England was not a united country. The land was divided into sections, each with a ruling monarch. There were seven main kingdoms: Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex, and Wessex. "The Great Heathen Army"-Vikings arrived AD 793. During Alfred's reign he was successful in battle against the Vikings; however, he believed the Vikings were God's punishment upon them for their lack of learning. Alfred sought literacy and education in England. He was a pioneer in leaving his own words on paper as a testimony of his life.

My Thoughts:
The Anglo-Saxon period is my favorite era in British history. I've been anxious to read a non-fiction book on King Alfred. At 202 pages, In Search of Alfred The Great has been a wonderful starting point in a study of Alfred.
Usually when writing a review I express likes and dislikes. In Search of Alfred the Great is my last non-fiction book to review in 2014, and I plan to do something a little different. The following bullet points will explain what I learned and found interesting.

  • The story of wicked Eadburh. 
  • The Vikings-their plan and how they carried it out. 
  • The story of Judith of Flanders.
  • Alfred's physical infirmity. 
  • The history of the Britons who were pushed westward into Wales. 
  • The story of Guthrum, king of the Danish Vikings. 
  • The plan to bring literacy to England. 
  • The fortresses Alfred had built.
  • Alfred's naval actions. 
  • The finding of Alfred's bones. 


Comments

  1. I've only read one book on Alfred the Great, but, I found it very interesting. This one looks good! Thanks for the review!

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