King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons is a History Documentary programme that first aired in 2013.

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King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons (2013)

Series in which Michael Wood examines the careers of three Anglo-Saxon rulers. In the final episode, King Alfred's grandson Aethelstan fulfils the family plan and creates a kingdom of all England. Travelling from Devon to Cumbria, Scotland and Rome, Michael tells the tale of Aethelstan's wars, his learning and his lawmaking, showing how he created a national coinage and tracing the origin of the English parliament to the king's new assembly politics. But there is also a dark side, with later legends that the king had his brother drowned at sea. In his last desperate struggle, Aethelstan defeated a huge invasion of Vikings and Scots in what became known as the Anglo-Saxon 'Great War'. Wood argues that Aethelstan was one of the greatest English monarchs, and with his grandfather Alfred, his father Edward and his aunt Aethelflaed, a member of the country's most remarkable royal family. episode 3.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2013

When is King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 May 1st, 8:00pm and on BBC 4 May 2nd, 2:00am. See more...