I am not a history buff, but I do enjoy reading biographies from time to time.
I don't know where to begin with this one.
It is entirely readable, but completely forgettable. It was an easy read, but at the same time, I couldn't make myself pick it up. Alfred is a completely legitimate figure to study, but you wouldn't understand it from this book.
I know I'm not being clear, but, to be honest, I'm not entirely clear what the purpose and point of this book is to begin with, other than possibly to offer a simplistic and remedial account of history. There are bits and pieces that are interesting, but are squelched by prose that marches along at a turtle pace.
I want to like this book. Really. Mostly because I want to like every book I read in some way. So I looked for a reason. Ultimately, I found none.