After the fall of the Roman Empire, most of western Europe found itself vulnerable to threats Rome would have previously protected it from. It was a precarious time, with various groups deciding to seize the opportunity to exploit Rome's lack of presence, not least of which were the mighty Vikings. St. Alfred the Great was known as a courageous, just, and pious man, and the ideal Christian king. He led his people against pagan, Viking threats and defended Christian ideals. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!