After nearly a century of pagan destruction delivered upon the English by Vikings, King Alfred has finally made progress in securing the frontier, and expanding his own domain in the process. Despite the outward victories, Alfred's subjects are still threatened from within. Poor literacy and poor organization throughout the kingdom have led to the English people being "Christians in name alone", a spiritual threat greater than what any Viking could ever pose. King Alfred recognized this threat, and summoned learned men from across Britain and from the Continent to debate and counsel him on what must be done to ensure the continued prosperity of his people. This court assembled by Alfred has been tasked with the spiritual, educational, and military guidance of England; it will be their job to lead England and her people into the future.