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The Golden Dragon: Alfred the Great and His Times

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Mapp goes all the way back to England's 9th century to draw this dramatic, freshly-viewed history of the one English king who was called, & it seems deservedly so, the 'great'...A sweeping portrait of the king as an early type of the Renaissance Man...Alf Mapp faithfully reflects Alfred's amazing versatility."--Publisher's Weekly
So eminent a candlestick.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 28th 1977 by Open Court Publishing Co. (LaSalle, IL) (first published 1974)
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Erik Graff
Aug 27, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Alfred fans
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This book was my introduction to the life of Alfred the Great and served, since it covered the history surrounding his life, as a transitional work spanning some of the period between Roman and "Arthurian" Britain which I'd been studying and the medieval period with which I already had some acquaintance.

Mapp is not a specialist in this period, most of his books pertaining to early American history and the European antecedants to colonization. Presumably the material was pretty new to him. Conseq
Tom K
Jan 27, 2009 Tom K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a little historical background before I pick up Cornwell's Saxon series.

I did find an error on the first page of this book. A reference is made to French King Louis the Gross. This king was actually known as Louis the Fat (the french word for fat is close to gross). Kind of a big mistake to make on the first page of a book.

In depth discussion of military history and Alfred's campaigns was a bit lacking. Mapp's discussion of Alfred's literary prowess, however, was very strong an
I used this book for my Old English presentation on Alfred the Great (October 2013). The reading was accessible, and I'd like to read the whole thing sometime.
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