By Richard Abels

ISBN-10: 0582040477

ISBN-13: 9780582040472

ISBN-10: 0582040485

ISBN-13: 9780582040489

This biography of Alfred the good, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate examining of the first assets with a cautious assessment of the latest scholarly study at the historical past and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a very good warlord, an efficient and creative ruler, and a passionate student whose piety and highbrow interest led him to sponsor a cultural and non secular renaissance. Alfred's victories at the battlefield and his sweeping administrative suggestions not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet begun the method of political consolidation that may culminate within the production of the dominion of britain.

Alfred the good: warfare, Kingship and tradition in Anglo-Saxon England strips away the varnish of later interpretations to get better the historic Alfredpragmatic, beneficiant, brutal, pious, scholarly in the context of his personal age.


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