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Alfred the Great
|Alfred the Great : Asser's Life of King Alfred & Other Contemporary Sources|
(Simon Keynes (Translator))
|Alfred the Great : The King and His England|
(Eleanor Shipley Duckett)
Filled with drama and action, here is the story of the ninth-century life and times of Alfred--warrior, conqueror, lawmaker, scholar, and the only king whom England has ever called "The Great." Based on up-to-date information on ninth-century history, geography, philosophy, literature, and social life, it vividly presents exciting views of Alfred in every stage of his long career and leaves the reader with a sharply-etched picture of the world of the Middle Ages.
|Alfred the Great : War, Culture and Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England|
|King Alfred the Great|
(Alfred P. Smyth)
Soldier, statesman, and scholar, Alfred the Great was a fascinating and highly successful king, pushing back the Vikings to command what is now thought of as the heart of England as ruler of Wessex from 871-899. In this, the first major biography of King Alfred since 1902, his life, career and
enduring legacy are given a radical new interpretation, putting into question most of our assumptions about this singular monarch.
Alfred P. Smyth's portrait of King Alfred rejects the image of a neurotic and invalid king who supposedly remained a pious illiterate until he was almost 40. Instead, we are shown a man of remarkable energy and intelligence who took necessary steps to defend his people from the Norsemen. We see,
too, a king who had been a scholar all his life and who used his great knowledge to bolster the powers of his own kingship. Smyth also provides a detailed examination of the much-disputed medieval biography of King Alfred, attributed to the King's tutor, Asser. Alfred Smyth argues that Asser's Life
may, in fact, have been a late medieval forgery--a revelation with profound implications for our understanding of the whole of Anglo-Saxon history.
Smyth's King Alfred also contains major studies on the writings of this gifted king, on the controversial charters of his reign, and on the origins of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. (Smyth shows this work to have been much more closely connected with the court of King Alfred than previously realized
and suggests a new date for the completion of the earliest Alfredian section of the Chronicle.) A monumental and intriguing work of historical scholarship, King Alfred the Great will dramatically change the way we understand this early period of western civilization.
|The Life And Times Of Alfred The Great|
An annotated, documented biography of the Saxon king of England, expanded from a series of six lectures delivered at Oxford, with special emphasis on Alfred's literary works and military campaigns.
This title is cited and recommended by Books for College Libraries; the Catalogue of the Lamont Library, Harvard College; and the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature.