And it is to Alfred the Great
that we owe this slender thread which binds our English literature of to-day with the literature of a thousand years ago.
That she looked at the candle she had left burning, and, measuring the time like King Alfred the Great
, was confirmed by its wasted state in her belief that she had been asleep for some considerable period.
Who, but no less a prince than Alfred the Great
, who, with his own royal pen, took down the words from Other, the Norwegian whale-hunter of those times!
What elegant historian would neglect a striking opportunity for pointing out that his heroes did not foresee the history of the world, or even their own actions?--For example, that Henry of Navarre, when a Protestant baby, little thought of being a Catholic monarch; or that Alfred the Great
, when he measured his laborious nights with burning candles, had no idea of future gentlemen measuring their idle days with watches.
Robertson, than if the genuine words of Caractacus, Agricola, or Alfred the Great
KING HENRY I GRANDFATHER TIMES 36; ALFRED THE GREAT
TRACED BACK THROUGH 45 GENERATIONS; KING HENRY VII 3RD COUSIN, 15 TIMES REMOVED; HUGH CAPET 10TH CENTURY KING OF FRANCE; WILLIAM CONQUERER IS RELATED THROUGH 37 GENERATIONS; DEDICATION Roy pores over family documents
According to the writer Harry Bingham, in his book This Little Britain (Fourth Estate, pounds 12.99), it all stems from the peculiar situation of Alfred the Great
's England with its two language communities of English and Danish.
Yes, and some British military heroes such as the ones that defended these islands, mainly Alfred the Great
, King Harold, Nelson and Collingwood.
ANSWERS: 1 They are at either end of the Channel Tunnel' 2 The Torrey Canyon' 3 Porgy And Bess' 4 Risotto' 5 Red' 6 Twelfth Night' 7 Yellow' 8 Alfred the Great
' 9 Montmartre' 10 She was the first British female astronaut and visited the Mir space station.
THE equine death toll from the Cheltenham Festival increased a few days after the meeting's climax when Alfred The Great
had to be put down, trainer Pat Haslam confirmed yesterday, writes Andrew Scutts.
He was asked: Who was the son of Alfred the Great
? and given the possible answers a) Edward the Elder b) Edward the Confessor c) Edmund Ironside or d) Edward the Martyr.
Thus the Queen can trace her Welsh ancestry at least as far back as Maelgwyn Hir, though strangely enough when British historians point to the genealogy of the Royal Family they usually refer back to Edward the Confessor (11th century) or Alfred the Great
(9th century) and other miscellaneous Anglo-Saxons rather than down the Welsh line which stretched hundreds of years before.