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The Legend About Alfred Burning the Cakes









                                                                         • The legend arose at the time that Alfred was hiding in the

                                                                             marshy lands of Athelney, in Somerset, having fled the

                                                                             Vikings.


                                                                         • It is said that Alfred sought shelter in the home of a poor
                                                                             woman.


                                                                         • One day she went out & tasked Alfred with minding the

                                                                             cakes she was baking.


                                                                         • Alfred agreed but became so engrossed with his own

                                                                             thoughts that the cakes burnt!


                                                                         • Is it true? Perhaps we will never know but maybe a seed of
                                                                             truth & an insight into Alfred’s character & thoughts?
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