Gloucester County Council
Alfred was the only monarch to be voted a 'great Briton' in a recent BBC poll. David Horspool shows how the Alfred of myth and history are inextricably linked. Alfred's historical achievements combine with the myth to restore a 'popular' Alfred, the only British king to be called 'great'
Available at Cheltenham.
Horspool successfully combines a historical approach...with a perceptive analysis of the various tales the King engendered.
Times Literary Supplement||explodes some of the myths surrounding his legacy, while retaining an interest in the genesis of the stories about him that have modern currency...
Observer||David Horspool's Why Alfred Burned the Cakes does not seek to discredit the cult of Alfred as unhistorical but instead to look at why the myths surrounding him came into being.
Financial Times Magazine||Myths...are scraped off like barnacles as the West Saxon hero is pulled from the morass of pious public schoolboy attitudes and sentimental Victorian values by a cheerfully revisionist historian.
Times||This entertaining, pithy and thought-provoking book both embodies and explains the enduring resonance of Alfred's story.
Sunday Telegraph||If you have time to read just one book about the great man, you should make it this one.