Alfred the Great was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred is noted for his defence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of southern England against the Vikings, becoming the only English king to be accorded the epithet “the Great”. Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself “King of the Anglo-Saxons”.
Alfred the Great, King of Wessex - Amid the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey is a recreation of a medieval herb garden, and in the centre of this, surveying the whole site, is a striking bronze statue of Alfred the Great, founder of the Abbey and King of Wessex from 871 to 899. **
In a clip from the upcoming TV documentary, The Search For Alfred The Great, presenter Neil Oliver works with historians and scientists to establish whether human remains could be those of the ninth-century king