History Extra logo
The official website for BBC History Magazine and BBC History Revealed

The man who made King Alfred great

Robert Gallagher brings to light newly discovered evidence about Asser, the biographer of King Alfred

Published: November 15, 2021 at 12:57 pm
Try 6 issues for only £9.99 when you subscribe to BBC History Magazine or BBC History Revealed

As the author of the Life of King Alfred, the Welsh churchman Asser is in large part responsible for how the early medieval king was viewed, and the fact that he eventually got the moniker ‘the Great’. Speaking with our content director David Musgrove, Dr Robert Gallagher tells us about a new discovery he’s made about this monastic wordsmith.




Dr David MusgroveContent director, HistoryExtra.com

David Musgrove is content director of the HistoryExtra.com website and podcast, plus its sister print magazines BBC History Magazine and BBC History Revealed. He has a PhD in medieval landscape archaeology and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Sponsored content