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King Alfred
King Alfred or Alfred the Great was a warrior king of England in the ninth Century. He was based in Winchester which for many years was where the Kings of England lived. Watch the video clips to find out more about King Alfred. Then try the questions to check that you understand.

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  Winchester Statue of Alfred the Great
Answer the questions     Watch the video
1:  Which of these statements is true?     Video for Question 1play video
He killed 896 Vikings     Alfred
He lost to the Vikings  
He beat the Vikings  
He gave his sword to the Vikings  
2:  Why is he known as Alfred the Great?     Video for Question 2play video
He was very fat     Alfred
He was well educated  
He killed a lot of people  
He did a number of good things for the people  
3:  Why was Winchester important?     Video for Question 3play video
It fought against London to be the capital     Great Hall
It was the capital before London  
It was the capital after London  
It had a Great Hall  
4:  Where was Alfred buried?     Video for Question 4play video
In Winchester Cathedral     Winchester
His body was lost  
In Hyde Abbey  
His body was destroyed  
5:  When were the remains found?     Video for Question 5play video
450 years ago     Grant
No one knows  
Shortly before the new millennium  
About 10 years ago  
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