The Golden Dragon: Alfred the Great and His Times

The Golden Dragon: Alfred the Great and His Times


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King Alfred. Everybody knows that he is called “the Great,” but few remember why. Forgetfulness is strange, for few men have led lives so full of physical, mental, and spiritual adventure, or influenced in so many ways the lives of people in every part of the globe. The Golden Dragon is his fascinating and moving story, told afresh with the aid of recent archaeological evidence and research in four languages.

Alfred’s achievements have melted cynicism. Gibbon called him “the greatest of English kings”; Hume, “the greatest man in history.” Voltaire declared, “I know not whether there has ever been a man on earth worthier of posterity’s respect.” When his kingdom was reduced to thirty acres, he fought back with such courage and genius that he expelled the Viking invaders and made possible the saving of Western civilization. His list of accomplishments is amazing: transcendent diplomat, Europe’s greatest naval designer, notable architect, law giver, founder of the oldest literary tradition in the Occident, originator of a system of public education, and producer of translations that have endured a thousand years.

The author’s research led him to the conclusion that the ninth-century English kin was the superior of Charlemagne in almost every respect, and indeed was one of the greatest geniuses Western civilization has ever produced. Alfred’s courage, faith, and temperance are enduring examples for modern men.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590774786
Publisher: M. Evans & Company
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alf Mapp Jr. was a professor of history, literature, and Western civilization at Old Dominion University. His writings, including The Virginia Experiment and Frock Coats and Epaulets, have been published in nine languages and have earned him a Freedoms Foundation Honor Medal, a Pulitzer nomination and numerous American and British citations. As a journalist he covered Truman, Eisenhower and Churchill. He was a direct descendent of Alfred the Great.

Woodcuts by Bruce Carter

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

I "So Eminent a Candlestick…" 3

II Battle of Dragons 9

III Teenaged General 19

IV Affliction and Revelation 37

V Outmaneuvered 45

VI Island in the Void 59

VII Battle Worm to Noble Stone 67

VIII First King of England 73

IX "One Man in His Time…" 85

X King's English 93

XI Solon of the Saxons 135

XII The Last Fight 151

XIII Royal Legacy 161

Appendices 173

Bibliography 193

End Notes 201

Index 217

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