The Search for Alfred the Great
Neil Oliver explores the life and death of Alfred the Great, the English King who unified the country. He explores old England and what happened to the remains of Alfred the Great over the years.
A grave in a churchyard was excavated to uncover a set of bones, these bones could belong to Alfred the Great. It would help solve a 150 year old mystery, the bones were claimed to belong to Alfred the Great. He was the king that unified the English nation and the only English King called the Great. Neil Oliver explores the life of Alfred the Great from his early beginnings to his defeat of the Vikings.
Oliver traces the history of how the bones ended up in the Church yard. He was originally buried in the old church in Winchester, then at the time of the death was in the progress of having a new monastery built. There he was exhumed and buried in the new monastery. When the Normans invaded they destroyed the Winchester church and then built a new church and moved the bones to a new church on the site. This church was then destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, and it was a stone quarry for building the area around. He then looks at what happened to the area of the church during the Victorian period.
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