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The Flame in the Dark

A Chronicle of Alfred the Great

By (author) Basil Bonallack
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Published: 6th May 1976
Dimensions: w 140mm h 200mm
Weight: 350g
ISBN-10: 0701121661
ISBN-13: 9780701121662
Barcode No: 9780701121662

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An anachronistic strafe of the career of Alfred the Great which hits the consciousness like sodium pentothal. Narrated by a bore called Ned, "creator and commander of the infant navy," this is the tale of Alfred's early battles, his tour in disguise to camps of friend and foe, and the burnt cakes howler. Alfred sounds like Richard Bellamy: "it is essential that I assess the lords' dispositions and their plans" . . . and Ned speaks in Pentagonese: "Our spears, with the impetus of our charge, giving us the initial advantage. . . ." One cheers for the Vikings, like "Hubba, son of Hairy Breeks," who loses. If it's any comfort, Hubba, we can, as Alfred says, "only die once." (Kirkus Reviews)