Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England
Richard Philip Abels
This biography of Alfred the good, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate analyzing of the first assets with a cautious evaluate of the newest scholarly examine at the heritage and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a superb warlord, a good and creative ruler, and a passionate pupil whose piety and highbrow interest led him to sponsor a cultural and religious renaissance. Alfred's victories at the battlefield and his sweeping administrative suggestions not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet all started the method of political consolidation that might culminate within the construction of the dominion of britain.
Alfred the good: battle, Kingship and tradition in Anglo-Saxon England strips away the varnish of later interpretations to get well the historic Alfredpragmatic, beneficiant, brutal, pious, scholarly in the context of his personal age.
Crowded with teenagers on bicycles. They recommend the hassle and price th at went right into a lfred’s production of a community of fortified cities to protect his country , yet, frankly, appear primitive and moderate com pared to the large Roman stone fortifications at Richborough fortress and Chester or the nice stone casdes o f the H igh center a while. T he ‘Alfred Jew el’ within the Ashmolean Museum, with its gold, pear-shaped decor ated body, its cloisonné enam el layout of a male determine, and its past due A ntique.
Legitimize the Ecgberhtings b u t supplied them with a m odel of kingship. Alfred appended a replica of In e ’s legislation to his personal laws, and ^Ethelwulf paid hom age to his nice pre decessor by way of following in his footsteps to Rome. 33. Bede, H EV.1, ed. and trans. Colgrave and Mynors, p. 473. St Boniface, writing in 747 to A rchbishop C uthbert of Canterbury, was once much less con vinced o f the salutary results of pilgrimages, specifically for ladies. The Letters of Saint Boniface, ed. an d trans. E phraim.
Had n o t simply survived into m anhood, b u t had succeeded to the kingship as a 5th son and had defeated the vikings forty. Stevenson, Asser’s lifetime of King Alfred, pp. 183-4. See additionally Lees, pp. 83-5. sixty one ALFRED the nice while his contem poraries in Mercia, East Anglia, and N orth um bria had fallen prey to them . For Alfred it will probably were not often coincidental that his existence bore remarkable parallels to that of King David, in whose Psalms he discovered specific solace and m eaning.41 Like David, he.
have been to obtain as well as no matter what estate and riches their father had settled upo n them , ‘the lands which we ourselves had bought, and the lands which King Æ thelwulf gave us within the life of Æ thelbald, excepting these which he settled on us 3 brothers jointly’.25 In impression, Æ thelred had con enterprise ed Alfred’s prestige as his inheritor obvious. however the agree m ent had performed m ore than this. It had tacitly determined the descent o f the th ro n e because it handed to a brand new iteration of.
City’s inhabitants on the time used to be concen trated alongside the Strand within the ‘Aldwych’ (the ‘old settle m en t’), whereas the vikings most likely m ade their base in the walled Roman urban instantly to the east. They did, although, make a minimum of locals frightened adequate to bury their money close to the present-day W aterloo Bridge and West m inster Bridge.12 T he viking military m arched again n o rth in 12. R. Cowie an d R. W hytehead, ‘Lundenwic: the archaeological proof for m iddle Saxon L o n d o n ’,.