Alfred

King Alfred: An Eleventh Centenary

Timothy Wilson Smith describes how, in the year 878, Alfred witnessed the conversion to Christianity of the Danish warlord Guthrum, and helped to found the English nation.

The Dust of Kings

Exhuming historical characters makes for dramatic headlines and can seem a great way to get easy answers, but we should think twice before disturbing the remains of dead monarchs, says Justin Pollard.

Alfred the Great

Russ Foster asks whether the legend of the heroic king is simply too good to be true.