Saturday, 25 June 2011


Here's the second King as promised - my favorite King Alfred the Great. I decided to skip right to him instead of doing the rest of Cerdic's heirs because while the monarchs between Cerdic and Alfred ruled Wessex Alfred was the one who started the idea of a united England even if he was never king of England himself. He did call himself King of the Anglo-Saxons, which was fair enough considering his was the only purely Saxon country left after the Danish invasion of Britain and his heirs were the first rulers of the country as a whole.

So here you have it, an often ill, scholarly, youngest son who kicked warrior-Viking behind, took back his kingdom and then laid the foundations for one that's lasted until the modern day. Not bad at all, Alfred, not bad at all.

Next, his son Edward the Elder.

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