Alfred the Great

Don Chiswell


Region:
East of England
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: £60 per talk for up to 50 persons +travel costs @ £0.30 per mile
Category:
History
Updated:
2nd July 2019
Tagged:
Anglo-Saxons | Vikings

Alfred should be remembered for more than his alleged culinary failure of burning the cakes. Warrior, statesman, lawgiver and man of learning, Alfred was justifiably given the title ‘The Great’. From being the youngest son of the king of Wessex he was to emerge as the unlikely leader who checked the invading Danes, saved the Church and laid the foundations for the formation of England

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About Don Chiswell

I have a Humanities degree from Bristol Polytechnic and subsequently qualified as a teacher in Further Education. I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember and enjoy demolishing popular historical myths. I have delivered courses on a wide range of historical subjects (hopefully with enthusiasm and humour) at Peterborough City College, Stamford Arts Centre, the Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham and also to a wide variety of local groups and societies for some twenty years. In answer to the question ‘What is your favourite period of history?’ I would be most likely to say “Just the last 3,250 years”. Since 2006 I have given a series of lectures for Peterborough Museum and participated in historical re-enactments and guided tours. I am currently engaged in research for a book on Bosworth Field and co-writing a history of Peterborough, both of which it is hoped will be published eventually.


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