Alfred of Wessex

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Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

King Alfred the Great fights a desperate guerrilla war in the marshes of Somerset - burning the cakes on the way- before his decisive victory at Edington. Creating towns, trade and coinage, reviving learning and literacy, Alfred then laid the foundations of a single kingdom of 'all the English'. Filmed on location from Reading to Rome, using original texts read in Old English, and interviews with leading scholars, Michael Wood describes a man who was 'not just the greatest Briton, but one of the greatest rulers of any time or place'.

Credits

Presenter
Michael Wood
Writer
Michael Wood
Series Producer
Rebecca Dobbs

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