Travelling from Winchester to Rome, archaeologist Neil Oliver tells the extraordinary story of Alfred's life and death. In the 9th century, Alfred became one of England's most important kings by fighting off the Vikings, uniting the people of southern England and launching a cultural renaissance. This was the man who forged a united language and identity and laid the foundations of the English nation.
The Search For Alfred The Great investigates the equally extraordinary story of what happened to Alfred's remains after his death in 899. They have been exhumed and re-buried on a number of occasions since his original brief burial in the Anglo-Saxon Old Minster in Winchester. The Saxons, the Normans, Henry VIII's religious reformers, 18th-century convicts, Victorian romantics and 20th-century archaeologists have all played a part in the story of Alfred's grave.