Cultural depictions of Alfred the Great
Alfred the Great, the 9th-century English monarch, has been depicted several times on screen and in literature.
Depictions on screen include:
- the 1969 film Alfred the Great, directed by Clive Donner, with David Hemmings playing Alfred,
- The Raven and the Cross, a children's TV serial, about his conflict with Guthrum,
- King Alfred, episode 4 of Churchill's People, where he was played by Alan Howard.
- In episode 25 of the TV miniseries Vikings (2015), a baby named Alfred is born to Prince Aethelwulf of Wessex and his wife Judith, based on Judith of Flanders.
Alfred is the subject of several works of historical fiction. These include:-
- The Ballad of the White Horse, an epic poem by G. K. Chesterton,
- The Namesake and The Marsh King, juvenile historical novels by C. Walter Hodges,
- The Saxon Stories series by Bernard Cornwell,
- The Hammer and the Cross series by Harry Harrison et al.
On stage, there is the opera Alfred, now mainly known for the song "Rule Britannia".