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Book review: The King of Athelney, by Alfred Duggan

Alfred, later known as Alfred the Great, was the youngest of three brothers, sons of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex. He did not expect to be anything more than a princeling (atheling) for the rest of his life, but all his brothers were in poor health and the first two lived for only short periods after coming to the throne. The third brother was Ethelred, whom Alfred loved best. During his reign the great Danish army, which had been fighting in France, came to England with the aim of conquering the whole country. Alfred proved an able warrior and leader and when Ethelred died in 871 Alfred succeeded him as King of Wessex. [More]

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