Excerpt from the book: "Alfred the Great is, in a sense, the founder of the British monarchy. ... [Alfred] spent his life laying the foundations on which the enormous British empire was later built. If any of the tales which have come down to us are true, he was an honest, conscientious, fair, and far-seeing ruler. If the system of hereditary succession had always given us such kings, then the world’s monarchies would have survived much longer than they did."
Alfred the Great is part of Makers of History, a 19th century biography series by two brothers, Jacob and John S.C. Abbott. Reprinted by Canon Press, these biographies have been edited and brought up-to-date for readers twelve and up. Not only are these editions given vintage style paperback covers, but they also include introductions that explain where these men and women fit into the timeline of history.