Video: King Alfred and his many brothers

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King Alfred inherited the throne of Wessex and became known as Alfred the Great, famous for his defeat of the Vikings at the Battle of Edington  in 878 and his establishment of fortified towns, a clever military structure and the founding of schools so that his lords could learn to read and write. He was a religious man who learned Latin as an adult so that he could translate a guide for the behaviour of priests so that they could all understand it. His grandson, King Aethelstan, would be the first king of all England, building on his grandfather’s legacy.

However, did you know that Alfred, the youngest of five brothers, was never supposed to be king at all?

Watch this video to find out more!

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