This is for our Literature discussion in April (additional suggestions welcome - especially since Ria lost our Ignatius Press copy with all the wonderful notes):
Here are a few extras for this reading:
The poem is available online here.
Dale Ahlquist has a lecture on the Ballad of the White Horse here.
Free Audio Recordings Here
It might be helpful to read about King Alfred the Great in an encyclopedia or something besides the poem to get an overall sense of the story. This looks helpful, but I haven't finished reading it.
The children's story "King Alfred and the Cakes" is about this same king. You can look it up in the Book of Virtues or elsewhere.
Finally, here's a little about the Uffington White Horse...