Flashback: When the Anglo-Saxon kingdom was reduced to the Somerset Levels

image877. King Alfred was surprised and deposed by the Vikings at his Christmas retreat. He had to withdraw to Athelney on the Somerset levels, somewhere he knew very well and where marsh and water put him reasonably beyond reach of his enemies. After a couple of months there, including some insignificant but subsequently totemic episode with cake/bread/scones/griddle cakes which involved them being over-cooked, he came back with a vengeance.

Photo: The Isle of Atheleny, some rights reserved by Hair Bear.

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