Alfred the Great (1969)
Director: Clive Donner
Starring: David Hemmings (Alfred), Michael York (Guthrum), Prunella Ransome (Aelhswith), Colin Blakely (Asher), Ian McKellen (Roger//film debut), Peter Vaughan (Burrud), Alan Dobie (Ethelred), Julian Glover (Shrdlu), Vivien Merchant (Freda), Julian Chagrin (Ivar), Jim Norton (Thanet), John Rees (Cuthbert), Christopher Timothy (Cerdic), Peter Blythe (Eafa), Sinéad Cusack (Edith).
Country: British film
A just o.k. movie about the uniter of England with some good battle scenes.
Alfred the Great was the man who is given the credit for uniting much of what was to become England. He was a philosopher prince. As a youngster he had visited Rome; his grandson would be crowned first king of England.
871 Alfred the Great, king of England (to 899)
877 Mercia partitioned between the English and Danes
878 King Alfred recaptures London from Danes & defeats them at Edington: Treaty of Chippenham
886 King Alfred gives London and Eng. Mercia to his son-in-law Ethelred
890 Alfred the Great establishes a regular militia and navy, extends the power of the king's courts, and institutes fairs and markets
893 The Danes renew their attacks on England but are defeated
895 Alfred defeats and captures Danish fleet on the Lea River
899 Alfred the Great dead; Edward the Elder, king (to 924)
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