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Alfred King of the English

E.m. Delafield

Alfred King of the English

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Published by Dent in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

First published, London: Dent, 1939.

StatementIllustrated by E. Boye Uden.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13810109M

His life as an adult would be as a nobleman and possibly, if he survived his four older brothers, as king, someday. In he took the offensive and captured London, a success that brought all the English not under Danish rule to accept him as king. Alfred earned the name 'the Great' by defending the kingdom from Viking invasions. The hoard is believed to have been buried by a Viking during their raids of the area, while Wessex was ruled by Alfred and Mercia by Ceolwulf II. First, he organised his army the thegns, and the existing militia known as the fyrd on a rota basis, so he could raise a 'rapid reaction force' to deal with raiders whilst still enabling his thegns and peasants to tend their farms.

Alfred was born in in the village of Wantage, Oxfordshire, as the son of King Aethelwulf of Wessex. Not knowing who he was, the woman left him to look after a batch of cakes she was baking on the fire. One could say that Asser accentuated the positive, and ignored those elements of ruthless, dictatorial behaviour which any king needed to survive in ninth-century realpolitik. The Vikings plundered Winchester the chief city of Wessex and obtained a great deal of plunder. While avoiding unnecessary changes in custom, he limited the practice of the blood feud and imposed heavy penalties for breach of oath or pledge.

Matters pertaining to the substantive law are reserved as the subject of on-going research. A frontal attack on the Danish lines failed but later in the year, Alfred saw a means of obstructing the river to prevent the egress of the Danish ships. But there was also a more positive side to the celebrations when Alfred was used, as he had been in the past, as a cloak for the introduction of change in society. The actual greatness of Alfred also shows in his decisions — he gathered to his court a number of intellectuals and was ready to help them in their work.


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Alfred King of the English book

For the next three years Southern England was free of Viking raids. I desired to live worthily as long as I lived and to leave after my life, to the men who should come after me, the memory of me in good works. For example, the poor standards in Latin had led to a decline in the use of the charter as an instrument of royal government to disseminate the king's instructions and legislation.

At a time when England was little more than a collection of warring kingdoms, he established diplomatic relations with his neighbors, including the Welsh, and unified a substantial portion of the heptarchy. Those who could not have a Saxon memorial in their grounds or in the nearby countryside could at least own a print of the new genre of History painting.

Youtube Alfred 'The Great' r. 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 hoard is believed to have been buried by a Viking during their raids of the area, while Wessex was ruled by Alfred and Mercia by Ceolwulf II. In January the Danes made a sudden attack on Chippenhama royal stronghold in which Alfred had been staying over Christmas "and most of the people they killed, except the King Alfred, and he with a little band made his way by wood and swamp, and after Easter he made a fort at Athelney in the marshes of Somersetand from that fort kept fighting against the foe".

This threefold obligation has traditionally been called trinoda necessitas or trimoda necessitas. With only his royal bodyguard, a small army of thegns the king's followers and Aethelnoth earldorman of Somerset as his ally, Alfred withdrew to the Somerset tidal marshes in which he had probably hunted as a youth.

Alfred is most exceptional, however, not for his generalship or his administration but for his attitude toward learning.

This obligation required careful recording in what became known as 'the Burghal Hidage', which gave details of the building and manning of Wessex and Mercian burhs according to their size, the length of their ramparts and the number of men needed to garrison them.

This is unlikely; his succession could not have been foreseen at the time as Alfred had three living elder brothers. Thomas Jefferson had ingeniously argued that, as the Anglo-Saxons who had settled in Britain had ruled themselves independently from their Continental homelands, so the English settlers of America should also be allowed their independence.

Three weeks later the Danish king and 29 of his chief men were baptised at Alfred's court at Aller, near Athelneywith Alfred receiving Guthrum as his spiritual son. Between the restoration of London and the resumption of large-scale Danish attacks in the early s, Alfred's reign was rather uneventful.

Succeeded his father. Realising that he could not drive the Danes out of the rest of England, Alfred concluded peace with them in the treaty of Wedmore. In their raids the Anglo-Saxons traditionally preferred to attack head-on by assembling their forces in a shield walladvancing against their target and overcoming the oncoming wall marshalled against them in defence.

While avoiding unnecessary changes in custom, he limited the practice of the blood feud and imposed heavy penalties for breach of oath or pledge.

The actual greatness of Alfred also shows in his decisions — he gathered to his court a number of intellectuals and was ready to help them in their work.King Alfred's English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do by Laurie J.

White is a book intended to be used in high school as a homeschool course on the origins of the English language/5. By the s, Alfred's charters and coinage (which he had also reformed, extending its minting to the burhs he had founded) referred to him as 'king of the English', and Welsh kings sought alliances with him.

Alfred died inaged 50, and was buried in Winchester, the burial place of. Audio Books & Poetry Community Audio Computers & Technology Music, Arts & Culture News & Public Affairs Non-English Audio Spirituality & Religion. Librivox Free Audiobook. Podcasts. Featured Full text of "King Alfred's books" See other formats.

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