Now they want to dig up King alfred the Great. Apparently they think he is in an unmarked grave in Winchester In a parish church.
We really know how to treat our kings in this country !!
The Daily Telegraph: 05/02/2013:
Below quotes from: Huffington Post 05/02/13. Felicity Morse:
King Alfred the Great lay peacefully with his family for more than 500 years until the tumultuous rule of Henry VIII witnessed the dissolution of the
St Barthomew's church (located on King Alfred's place, no less) is now believed to own the land where the great monarch lies, but even if permission
is granted to exhume the bones, there are likely to be complications identifying the skeleton.
However Alfred died more than a thousand years ago. Katie Tucker, an archaeologist from Winchester University told The Times "the problem is where
would we get a comparative sample from? It's a hell of a lot further to go back to trace a living descendentt
This should be interesting. He was the only King to have ' Great' in the prefix to his name.
He ruled in a time of mist, magic and legend - I would love to go back to that time for a day.
He was the King of the West Saxons - 871 - 899, I cannot even imagine that far back. Apparently he fought the Vikings and the Danes. His father was
King Ethelwulf and his brothers who were kings before him were Ethelbald, Ethelbert and Ethelred.
I wonder where they are buried ?
These are some interesting legends about him :
King Alfred lived from 849 to 899AD and was born in Wantage. He died in Winchester, the then capital city.
Quotes from: The Oxford Times: 07/02/13
The Blowing Stone, a perforated sarsen stone in Kingston Lisle, near Uffington, is reputedly how King Alfred summoned his Saxon troops, in
readiness for the nearby Battle of Ashdown against the Vikings.
Also, according to legend, a person who is capable of making the blowing stone sound a note that is audible at the White Horse will be a future
King of England
He is a very mysterious King - and he is also famous for allegedly burning the cakes:
The story goes that Alfred was down on his luck and so he travelled, anonymously, he sought lodgings in a poor womans hut, he was then asked to watch
the cakes cooking on the fire, He then got a good old scolding from her when he let the cakes burn, as he let his mind wander, he failed to notice.
edit on 7-2-2013 by HelenConway because: (no reason given)