Alfred was born in 849 the 5th son of King Aethelwulf. He became King after the death of his brother King Aethelred I. Aethelred’s sons Aethelwold and Aethelhelm were too young to take the throne. King Alfred was the first King to be given the epithet Great. He spent most of his reign trying to stave off Viking invasions. It was his dream that the kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia, Northumberland and East Anglia would be united into one kingdom.
Family tree for King Alfred the Great showing: