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Alfred by John Peddie
Book DescriptionJohn Peddie expertly examines the scale and intent of the relentless threat of conquest by the Viking sea-raiders, the military and logistical problems that beset both sides, and the strategies devised by King Alfred of Wessex which led to the reconquest of his Wessex homeland and the creation of England itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750937962
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Peddie
Conquest, Paperback (July 2005)
The story of the Claudian Conquest of Britain was only partly recorded by ancient historians. In this study, study John Peddie argues that the organisation and supply problems of a task force of some 40,000 men and several thousand animals would broadly have dictated Roman tactics.
Hannibal's War, Paperback (June 2005)
Here, John Peddie provides a challenging re-evaluation of the Carthaginian's generalship of Hannibal, and asks how was it that a man so often described by historians as a military genius and a brilliant tactician could have plunged so deeply into a situation in which he was, almost inevitably, to fail?
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Author Biography - John Peddie
King Alfred of Wessex (871-901) is the only king in British history to have been honoured with the epithet 'great', yet he is usually remembered only for the story of the burnt cakes, his finer achievements being forgotten. These accomplishments, however, make the title well deserved. Afflicted by poor health for most of his life, Alfred nevertheless showed unflagging energy as a warrior, administrator, scholar and educator. He was remarkable for both his extraordinary range of interests and his wisdom. In battle he was faced by the Danish invaders and the real threat of Viking supremacy in England. With the help of the first Royal Navy, which he founded with minimal resources, the invaders were evntually repelled. Anglo-Saxon hegemony was preserved - for a while - and Alfred survived to found an English monarchy which, under his son and grandson, saw most of modern England united under one crown. It is, above all, Alfred's success in battle that has earned him his place in legend, but was he truly a warrior king - or was it his nature to achieve his aims by less aggressive, more thoughtful means? John Peddie expertly examines the scale and intent of the relentless threat of conquest by the Viking sea-raiders, the military and logistical problems that beset both sides, and the strategies devised by the king which led to the reconquest of his Wessex homeland and the creation of England itself.
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