1869. The early history of the life and times of Alfred are, beyond all question, the most absorbing in interest. The story has been written many times, from different points of view, by natives and foreigners; from Sir John Spelman to Dr. Pauli. The life of the typical English King is here offered, not to historical students, but to ordinary readers. Partial Contents: of kings and kingship; a thousand years ago; childhood; the Dane; first wave; Alfred on the throne; Athelney; Ehandune; retrospect; King's board of works; King's war office; King's laws, justice, exchequer; King's church; friends; neighbors; King's foe; King's home; King as author; death and will; successors. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.