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Download Why Alfred Burned the Cakes Audiobook (Unabridged)

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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Horspool Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When the BBC conducted their Greatest Briton poll, Alfred the Great was the only king to make it into the top 20.

One can be sure that the story of the cakes left to burn by a disguised monarch on the run was what most veters remembered about him. For a long time, the legend of the burnt cakes was only one of dozens of stories that were associated with the King and his time.

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 fables, historians have left an Alfred whose place in the popular imagination has all but vanished, and which is here restored. David Horspool offers a memorable portrait of a great ruler - he attempts to recover a popular Alfred, understand how he came to be 'Great' and how much myth had to do with that. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wealhtheow | 12/16/2012

    " This book is about half a history of King Alfred the Great and half an examination of why Great Britain remains so enamored of his legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas | 9/6/2012

    " A thorough analysis and synthesis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 9/24/2009

    " Quick read and informative, but I wish it had foot or end notes. "

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