Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England

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.

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