Finally, the great man is credited with having commissioned the writing of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
, a primary source for our knowledge of Anglo-Saxon England, and an Anglo-Saxon Martyrology.
Lesley was inspired by references to the arrival in the North East of the Saxon leader Ida in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
and in the Venerable Bede's writings and his involvement with the fortress at Bamburgh.
Finally retired from medical practice, Hart, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is free to pursue his life-long interest in early medieval history, demonstrated here in a six-volume series on Anglo-Saxon chronicles
For this, the second installment of his Alfred the Great series (following The Last Kingdom), he mined the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
and other texts to provide a detailed and accurate context for his saga.