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 theDanish hordes, created a renaissanceof 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 powerduring 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.

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