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Neil Oliver’s Love Letter to the British Isles: 30. A Great King, Hyde Abbey, Winchester


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December 15,,2020

This week Neil takes us in search of the remains of one the greatest Kings ever to reign in the British Isles.

Not far from Winchester’s city centre, in amongst modern residential streets, Neil is on the trail of the location where Alfred the Great’s bones were buried. Alfred the Great took on the Vikings and won. On the field of battle he was a brave and determined soldier. As a ruler his intellect and charisma helped put in place many of the practical and philosophical foundations that have shaped the British Isles. The hunt for his remains gives us a telling snapshot of the man and the history that followed his death

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