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Who was King Alfred the Great? - Find out in this Handy Guide for Kids

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

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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