'This is the story of England's birth, a great story and beautifully told'
'A boisterous portrait of the only English king to earn the epithet 'Great''
A delicious historical treat
'Compelling .. impressive in coveying the outlook of the ninth-century man'
'Lucid and gripping'
'Pollard writes with a historian's accuracy and sensitivity to context'
'Pollard's admiration and enthusiasm for his subject helps to bring this distant figure to life'
'Pollard gives us a readable narrative, enhanced by a strong visual sense of place and he takes trouble over the Continental background to insular events'