Readers of BBC History Magazine have voted King Alfred, founder of Shaftesbury Abbey, into third place in the History Hot 100 for 2017. Alfred was pipped to the post by Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard III. Decide for yourself whether Alfred deserves this rating by attending this year’s Teulon Porter Memorial Lecture at Shaftesbury Town Hall at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday 03 October. Professor Barbara Yorke, Professor Emerita of Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester, will give an illustrated talk on King Alfred: Man and Myth. Professor Yorke, a leading and much-published expert on the Anglo-Saxons, is an engaging speaker. Admission is free to members of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society while non-members may pay £5 at the door.