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Who was King Alfred the Great?

Updated: 4 days ago



Alfred the Great was the king of Wessex and, later, the first King of the Anglo-Saxons.


Alfred successfully defended his kingdom from several Viking invasions.

Alfred is the only King in English history to be labelled ‘The Great’.


Legend has it that whilst in hiding (that’s a story for another day) he accidentally burnt a peasant women’s cakes. This is probably untrue as the account was written a 100 years after Alfred’s death.


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