Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Alfred the Great: The King and His England” as Want to Read:
Alfred the Great: The King and His England
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Alfred the Great: The King and His England

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Filled with drama and action, here is the story of the ninth-century life and times of Alfred—warrior, conqueror, lawmaker, scholar, and the only king whom England has ever called "The Great." Based on up-to-date information on ninth-century history, geography, philosophy, literature, and social life, it vividly presents exciting views of Alfred in every stage of his long ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 15th 1958 by University Of Chicago Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Alfred the Great, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Alfred the Great

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownBeing and Time by Martin HeideggerHiroshima by John HerseyThe Society of the Spectacle by Guy DebordThe Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler
Best Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century
288th out of 301 books — 77 voters
Beowulf by UnknownFinn and Hengest by J.R.R. TolkienThe Anglo Saxon Chronicle by VariousThe Year 1000 by Robert LaceyEcclesiastical History of the English People by Bede
Best Anglo Saxon books
131st out of 197 books — 32 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 79)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 04, 2010 Monica rated it really liked it
So I'm reading all these Bernard Cornwell Saxon books to Dad, about a fictional character's dealings with Aflred the Great. It seemed like a good idea to read a real history of Alfred. This one's a classic going back to 1958, but still in print. It's quite interesting, giving us as full a portrait of Alfred as possible more than 1,000 years after his death. My reading of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series absolutely helped me to follow this history. Cornwell fictionalizes everything and puts all in ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A rare personal history of early England. Alfred is credited with uniting various tribes to turn the Kingdom of Wessex into the first Kingdom of England. Found this while going through my dad's library. If early English history is your thing, you definitely should read it. Well researched and as personal as a history of a 9th Century individual it is well executed.
Nov 04, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
A thoroughly pleasant and readable book, though I think some of the sources she presented as firm truth have more recently been called into question. It's written sort of in the style of a children's myth and includes enough legends to color the occasionally sparse facts. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Alfred's translations at the end.
Corey Kimball
Apr 13, 2013 Corey Kimball rated it liked it
Word; long live the King.
Matthew Dambro
Matthew Dambro marked it as to-read
Sep 14, 2016
Molly Lerner
Molly Lerner rated it liked it
Jun 12, 2016
Everett is currently reading it
Apr 17, 2016
Steven marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2016
Patsy rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2015
Dianna rated it really liked it
Sep 17, 2015
Paul rated it it was ok
Aug 18, 2015
Marissa Campbell
Marissa Campbell rated it really liked it
Jun 10, 2015
Jaime marked it as to-read
May 19, 2015
Scott Keith
Scott Keith marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2015
Koreen added it
Feb 05, 2015
James F
James F rated it liked it
Feb 04, 2015
Taylor marked it as to-read
Nov 29, 2014
Laurel added it
Nov 29, 2014
Michael marked it as to-read
Nov 27, 2014
First marked it as to-read
Nov 20, 2014
Eadweard marked it as to-read
Oct 13, 2014
Heraklia rated it liked it
May 15, 2014
Sami Sayed
Sami Sayed marked it as to-read
Apr 15, 2014
A.H. Gray
A.H. Gray marked it as to-read
Mar 24, 2014
Deedee rated it it was ok
Feb 24, 2014
George marked it as to-read
Jan 31, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book