Melvyn Bragg examines King Alfred and the defeat of the Vikings at Battle of Edington.
Michael Portillo investigates Alfred the Great - English hero or Saxon spin-doctor?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the reign of Athelstan, the first king of all England.
Jonathan Freedland compares Brexit with tensions between Offa and Charlemagne in the 790s.
Anne is in Aachen, Germany, to explore how Charlemagne managed to run his vast empire.
Was Charlemagne a great French ruler, or was he Charles the Great, a German?