Why Alfred Burned the Cakes

Why Alfred Burned the Cakes : A King and His Eleven-Hundred-Year Afterlife

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For a long time, the legend of the burnt cakes was one of dozens of stories that were associated with the King and his time, from disguising himself as a minstrel to introducing the jury system. Alfred's historical achievements - saving his kingdom from invasion, attempting both to expand and educate his realm - and the way his story was told from the beginning, combined to make him the founding mythic figure of England. In stripping away the myths, historians have left an Alfred whose place in the popular imagination has all but vanished. This book attempts to recover a popular Alfred, understanding how he came to be 'Great' and how much myth had to do with that.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 196mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861977794
  • 9781861977793
  • 1,420,602

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"'Horspool deftly dismantles the images of Alfred' Sunday Times 'Entertaining, pithy and thought-provoking' Sunday Telegraph 'If you have time to read just one book about the great man, you should make it this one' Daily Telegraph 'Crucial reading for anyone who is interested in how history gets put together' Guardian"show more

About David Horspool

David Horspool is an editor, with a prime responsibility for history, at the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London.show more

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