Alfred was the only English King to be given the epithet of 'the Great' - and rightly so. He beat the invading Vikings in many battles, notably Ashdown, before being forced to flee into hiding in the Somerset Marshes. Using his cunning, he learned the Danish battle plans and defeated them once more at the Battle of Edington. Realising that the pen was stronger than the sword, he signed a peace treaty that sent the Vikings packing. He then built forts across the country to ensure that they would never return.
For more details of King Alfred's life, take a look at our Early British Kingdoms website.
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