Warrior, law-giver, and scholar, alfred the great was an extraordinarily gifted and highly successful king, pushing back the vikings to preserve what is now thought of as the heart of england. Alfred, also spelled aelfred, byname alfred the great, (born 849—died 899), king of wessex (871-899), a saxon kingdom in southwestern englandhe prevented england from falling to the danes and promoted learning and literacy. Alfred the great was the first king of the west saxons to style himself king of the anglo-saxons he was a king who encouraged education and improved his kingdoms legal system and military system king alfred's education as a child was important to his reign. Alfred the great (old english language: ælfrēd, ælfrǣd, elf counsel 849 - 26 october 899) was king of wessex from 871 to 899 alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in england. The life of king alfred 1 woden, who was the son of frithowald, who was the son of frealaf, who was the son of frithuwulf, who was the son of finn of godwulf, who was the son of gear, which geat the pagans long worshipped as a god.
The whole works of king alfred the great (1858, repr 1969) biographies by p j helm (1963) and h r loyn (1967) f m stenton, anglo-saxon england (3d ed 1971) cite this article pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. A good introduction to king alfred, but despite promising in his introduction to examine alfred's own unintentional secret autobiography that he left in his english translations of important latin works, pollard does not do so until toward the end, for a handful of pages and only a handful of alfred's passages. The literary contributions of king alfred the great our understanding of the literary achievements of king alfred depend very much upon what we believe about his early education. Books on alfred the great (selfhistory) submitted 2 years ago by ilbereth recently, i've been reading bernard cornwell's warrior chronicles, which is a series of historical fiction novels set in anglo-saxon england during the reign of alfred the great.
Alfred the great the other other avon king alfred the great the latest books, music , videos, and television programmes about britain the literary master. King alfred the great was born at wantage, in 849, on a royal manor of his father's holding, a family estate which long afterward he himself would leave in legacy to his wife alfred was the youngest of five children, four sons and a daughter, born to ethelwulf by his wife osburh.
King alfred the great: contributions our understanding of the literary achievements of king alfred depend very much upon what we believe about his early education. King alfred the great ruled wessex from 871-884,it was in 884 that he laid claim to being king of the english. King alfred is the only king in english history to be deemed worthy of the title of 'the great' there are reasons for that and these reasons lie not only in his campaigns against the vikings and the establishing of the navy but also much deeper, in the reforms alfred passed in his lands that enabled the populace to educate themselves.
The one english kingdom that the vikings were unable to fully destroy was wessex wessex was ruled by king alfred, later known as alfred the great, who inherited the throne in ce 871 when his king and elder brother aethelred died. Æthelflæd, eldest daughter of alfred 'the great', has gone down in history as an enigmatic and almost legendary figure to the popular imagination, she is the archetypal warrior queen, a medieval boudicca, renowned for her heroic struggle against the danes and independent rule of the saxon kingdom of mercia. Alfred the great (old english: ælfrēd, ælfrǣd, elf counsel or wise elf 849 - 26 october 899) was king of wessex from 871 to 899 alfred was the youngest son of king æthelwulf of wessex his father died when he was young and three of alfred's brothers reigned in turn.
King alfred the great was born at wantage, in 849, on a royal manor of his father's holding, a family estate which long afterward he himself would leave in legacy to his wife alfred was the youngest of five children, four sons and a daughter, born to ethelwulf by his wife osburh when alfred was. Alfred the great a legend and a hero to his people, king alfred the great was known to be one of the best rulers of all time during the duration of about 50 years, kind alfred managed to reopen a new era in anglo-saxon literature. The law code of king alfred the great is the largest and best preserved piece of legal documentation made prior to the norman conquest of 1066 , and the first surviving anglo-saxon law code since ine's, nearly two centuries earlier , making it an essential document in the study of late anglo. King alfred of wessex (r871-99) is probably the best known of all anglo-saxon rulers, even if the first thing to come into many people's minds in connection with him is something to do with burnt confectionery.
King alfred the great king alfred the great was born at wantage, in 849, on a royal manor of his father's holding, a family estate which long afterward he himself would leave in legacy to his wife alfred was the youngest of five children, four sons and a daughter, born to ethelwulf by his wife osburh. Introduction the only english monarch to earn the epithet great and who was esteemed highly by the later victorians who considered him something of a philosopher-king, alfred (b 849-d 899 r 871-899), king of wessex, was the youngest son of æthelwulf.