Coronation 871 style that is, as Alfred is crowned King of Wessex. Arguably his vision for a united England lies at the heart of the present monarchy. Discuss is not more than 2,000 words and send entries to the usual address. The winner will receive a photo of a £20 note. Alfred was definitely the ‘spare’ for the Kingdom of Wessex as his four elder brothers had to die before he became king. You may just catch the last brother, Ethelred, departing heavenwards in the top left.