Alfred the Great

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Comment by whaines on September 9th, 2007 at 7:33 am

The punctuation is rather eccentric – there are too many commas which break up the reading of the text. Also one normally doesn’t put a comma after “and”.

From a Unificationist point of view one could make much more of the way Alfred treated Guthrum and his army after defeating them at the Battle of Edington. Unlike the Scots and Welsh who until today have never forgiven the English for invading Britain, Alfred realised that it was impossible to drive the Vikings out. It was also not moral to massacre them. So he converted them. In other words he forgave them, embraced them and loved them giving them a portion of land to live on. By loving his enemy he laid the basis for the eventual assimilation of the Danes who became English sharing our language, faith and customs. This is why Alfred is called the Father of the English People. The Celtics unfortunately could never do this to the English.

Comment by Gordon Anderson on September 11th, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Haines comment incorporated into article by Dr. Wilson.

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