Life of alfred the great novel

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life of alfred the great novel

Alfred the Great by Justin Pollard

Alfred , also spelled Aelfred , byname Alfred the Great , born —died , king of Wessex — , a Saxon kingdom in southwestern England. He prevented England from falling to the Danes and promoted learning and literacy. Compilation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle began during his reign, circa Alfred spent much of his reign defending his kingdom of Wessex from Danish invaders. He won a great victory at the Battle of Edington in but continued to struggle with Danish advances until , when the invasions ceased.
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It's not just penetrating biography but also eulogistic homily. Pollard's Very well written book about Alfred the Great, a remarkable medieval king. The book.

Alfred the Great

He was clearly a man of learning. His Life of Alfred cites several sources and appears to be partially modelled on the Life of Charlemagne by the Frankish scholar Einhard — Around half of the material in the text is essentially a translation of the part of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the years — The work ends rather abruptly without any concluding remarks. It is possible, therefore, that the work is unfinished. She promised to give the book to whichever of them was able to memorise it fastest.

Barbara Yorke considers the reputation of King Alfred the Great, and the enduring cult around his life and legend. King Alfred of Wessex r. The year saw the th anniversary of his death on October 26th, , at the age of about The occasion is being marked with conferences and exhibitions in Winchester, Southampton and London, but the scale of celebrations will be modest compared with those which commemorated his millenary, and culminated in the unveiling by Lord Rosebery of his statue in Winchester. Alfred is someone who has had greatness thrust upon him. How and why did he acquire his glowing reputation, and how does it stand up today?

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After acceding to the throne, Alfred spent several years fighting Viking invasions. He won a decisive victory in the Battle of Edington in and made an agreement with the Vikings, creating what was known as the Danelaw in the North of England.,





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