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It is the object of this series of histories to present a clear, distinct, and connected narrative of the lives of those great personages who have in various ages of the world made themselves celebrated as leaders among mankind, and, by the part they have taken in the public affairs of great nations, have exerted the widest influence on the history of the human race. The end which the author has had in view is twofold: first, to communicate such information in respect to the subjects of his narratives as is important for the general reader to possess; and, secondly, to draw such moral lessons from the events described and the characters delineated as they may legitimately teach to the people of the present age. Though written in a direct and simple style, they are intended for, and addressed to, minds possessed of some considerable degree of maturity, for such minds only can fully appreciate the character and action which exhibits itself, as nearly all that is described in these volumes does, in close combination with the conduct and policy of governments, and the great events of international history.

I. The Britons 
II. The Anglo-Saxons 
III. The Danes 
IV. Alfred's Early Years 
V. The State of England 
VI. Alfred's Accession to the Throne 
VII. Reverses 
VIII. The Seclusion 
IX. Reassembling of the Army 
X. The Victory over the Danes 
XI. The Reign 
XII. The Close of Life 
XIII. The Sequel

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