Alfred The Great by P. J. [Peter James] Helm hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Robert Hale, 1963, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Maps ;
From the cover: There are few kings of England so well known, yet about whom so little is generally known as Alfred the Great. Alfred and the cakes; Alfred the insatiable carver of white horses that dot Southern England this is about the limit of most peoples knowledge of this Saxon king.
He is the only English king to have been given the nomenclature of The Great but he has been comparatively neglected by biographers. This is not as it should be, for there is more to this Anglo-Saxon figure than the legends. The greatness of Alfred lay in his all-round ability. A little chieftain in a foggy island on the fringes of civilization, Alfred was not only a successful general and a strong ruler but also a most adaptable man, able to pick up a hint on shipbuilding from the Vikings, a clue on government from Charlemagne and an understanding of philosophy from his priests. Moreover he was able to improvise on what he acquired.
Each generation needs to have its heroes re-assessed and in Alfreds case it is timely because in some ways his problems are our problems. He faced the difficulty of co-existence and saw his world divided by something of an Iron Curtain with the Danegeld in East Anglia.
In this book P. J. Helm, who lives on the edge of Athelney whence Alfred fled at the nadir of his reign, tears away the shroud of mystery that have surrounded to show that there is far more to Alfred than a handful of burnt cakes.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a large scuff to the head of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.
Burgundy boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
205 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5½”.
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