The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great

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Thomas Nelson, Nov 2, 2009 - History - 272 pages

The unlikely king who saved England.

Down swept the Vikings from the frigid North. Across the English coastlands and countryside they raided, torched, murdered, and destroyed all in their path. Farmers, monks, and soldiers all fell bloody under the Viking sword, hammer, and axe.

Then, when the hour was most desperate, came an unlikely hero. King Alfred rallied the battered and bedraggled kingdoms of Britain and after decades of plotting, praying, and persisting, finally triumphed over the invaders.

Alfred's victory reverberates to this day: He sparked a literary renaissance, restructured Britain's roadways, revised the legal codes, and revived Christian learning and worship. It was Alfred's accomplishments that laid the groundwork for Britian's later glories and triumphs in literature, liturgy, and liberty.

"Ben Merkle tells the sort of mythic adventure story that stirs the imagination and races the heart?and all the more so knowing that it is altogether true!" ?George Grant, author of The Last Crusader and The Blood of the Moon


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Enjoyable work on the life of Alfred the Great. I was occasionally amused at some of the logical leaps or assumptive statements, but perhaps this is part of what kept it from being dry. What I found ... Read full review


One Holy Island
Two The Blood Eagle
Three The Battle of Ashdown
Four Danegeld
Five Whitsunday and the Battle of Edington
Six Rebuilding Wessex
Seven Alfred the Wise
Eight A Final Test
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Benjamin R. Merkle is a Fellow of Theology and Classical Languages at New Saint Andrews College and a Contributing Editor to Credenda/Agenda. He received an MA in English Literature from the University of Idaho and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Oxford.

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