From the Publisher’s Website:
Sometimes the heroes of history are truly worthy of the golden reputations they carry.
King Alfred united Anglo-Saxon England against a Viking invasion, led the English into battle against the Danish hordes, created a renaissance of literature and the arts, reformed the legal system, and set the stage for a revival of Christian worship. But that’s not what made him great. Ben Merkle unravels the tale of how a great man came to power during one of the most difficult periods in English history, how he led his nation through them, and how he laid the groundwork for England’s coming triumphs on the global stage.
I love history. My AA is in European history, then I went on and finished with Art History. The history of England particularly fascinates me so when I had a chance to review this book I snapped it up. Alfred was never expected to be king – he was a fifth son – perhaps that lack of expectations is what let him be a great king. It was a time when England was not at all united and not even the England we know today. The Vikings were relentlessly attacking and the people were in constant fear. They needed someone to lead them. That someone was Alfred.
He was the right man at the right time. He had the ability to rally his men and defeat the Vikings. He restored peace to his realm. He was strong in his Christian faith and his people converted. He had a great love of learning and he brought that to the people as well.
The book is mostly well written. It starts well but hits a slow patch. The footnotes at the side of the pages are a bit confusing but you get used to it. The book picks up again towards the end and the finish is great. If you are a lover of history I think you would enjoy this non-fiction telling of Alfred the Great’s life.
The White Horse King is available at Amazon.com
Disclosure: I received a gratis copy of The White Horse King from Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by the receipt of the free book. I received no compensation for this post.