Aethelstan, he’s our man. Not off to a great start – couple of half brothers hanging around, but soon they start to disappear. Aethelstan creates England but doesn’t know that that’s all we want so he keeps going to take over Britain. And in any case, the way he creates England isn’t going to read too well in history books. Fortunately for us he gets into a very large battle so we can have England created then.
Alfred has taken on the top job just at a time when the pressure is really on. And things are going pear shaped rapidly. No sign of any hashtag the Great in this episode – Alfred is down to his last burnt cake and in deep excrement.
The Big Guy is front and centre this week. A recap on his early years, getting to be a Consul of Rome; he proves he is a tough guy in battle, handsome, smart and charming. But he is our underdog against the relentless onslaught of the Danes. So to complete the title, if he can’t do it no-one can.
Here’s a picture I took when visiting Winchester – Alfie country
This weeks intro was George Handel Violin Sonata in D and the outro was The Cranberries Zombie – goodbye Delores, I will miss you
Wahoo! We get to talk about the marvelous TV series Vikings – regrettably as historically accurate as D. Trumps record breaking inauguration crowd – AND The Last Kingdom book and TV series much better historically – BUT WAIT! There’s more – we have Bishop Asser with his biography of Alf! OMG! What more could we want.
Obviously this weeks recommended reading is the marvelous ‘The Last Kingdom’ series by Bernard Cornwall. Way more fun than history books.
This weeks intro was Fever Ray If I Had a Heart and the outro was Dickie Wagner Entry of the Gods into Valhalla