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.
What People Are Saying:
"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, pastor and author in Franklin, Tennessee
Dr. Ben Merkle is president of New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He has both a Master's and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. His dissertation, Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate, was published by Oxford University.
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
PAGE COUNT: 272 pages
ISBN 10: 1595552529
PUB. DATE: October 22, 2002
This highly readable biography of King Alfred was a pleasure. Merkle does a fine job telling this great man's life and, despite having much material which could have come across as highly repetitive (one battle after another with the same foes, the Danish Vikings) he did sufficient research on each wartime engagement to exhibit the variety of tactics in the conflict, without burying the reader in excessive details. In a word, he kept the reader interested! I hope Merkle writes more biography, this appears to be his first and only for now. I'd recommend "The White Horse King" to anyone, as Alfred the Great is an important life in the history of Western civilization to know about, and this biography tells the story quite well.
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