The reformer king king alfred of wessex spent most of his life fighting against the invading danes and he is the only king in english history to be known as “the great” his reign has been recognised as one of the most important turning points in english political and ecclesiastical history. In giles, ja memorials of king alfred: being essays on the history and antiquities of england during the ninth century, the age of king alfred, by various authors burt franklin research & source works series (287. Excerpt king alfred of england is one of the noblest of the sovereigns upon whom history has conferred the title of the great at the very beginning of the world-encircling history of the anglo-saxon race looms his majestic figure. King alfred the great (849-899) born: ad 849 at wantage, berkshire king of england died: 26th october ad 899 at winchester, hampshire alfred was the youngest son of king aethelwulf and his wife, osberga he was born at the royal palace of wantage (berkshire) in ad 849 he was brought up and educated by his mother and a famous story tells how she once promised an expensive illuminated book to. Simon keynes and michael lapidge in the notes to their 1983 edition of asser's life of king alfred the great refer to a mysterious 'wulfthryth regina', but keynes stated in 1994 that she was presumably the wife of king æthelred a history of england ayer publishing.
Alfred was born at wantage in oxfordshire in 849, fourth or fifth son of aethelwulf, king of the west saxons following the wishes of their father, the sons succeeded to the kingship in turn at a. There were many famous anglo-saxon kings, but the most famous of all was alfred, one of the only kings in british history to be called 'great' his father was king of wessex, but by the end of. Appendix 2: king alfred the great, the english david the ninth century was a very low point in the history of the western orthodox church the century had begun in spectacular fashion: on christmas day, 800 charlemagne, who ruled a vast territory comprising most of western europe, had been anointed “emperor of the romans” by pope leo iii.
The england of alfred's time was a country of four small saxon kingdoms the strongest was wessex, in the south born in about 848, alfred was the youngest son of ethelwulf, king of wessex. History of anglo-saxon england in 973, alfred's great-grandson, edgar, was crowned king of england and emperor of britain at bath on his coinage he had inscribed eadgar rex anglorum (edgar, king of the english. A byzantine-style ikon of alfred the great, king of england (cc wikimedia commons, padredeleltoro) the chronicle , as we have it, consists of various manuscript versions of an original compilation made in alfred’s reign. King alfred the great and our common law prof dr fn lee in 1892, the famous german church historian rev professor drjh kurtz1 called king alfred the greatest and noblest of all the monarchs england has ever had. He is the only monarch in the history of england to be referred to as the great he died at the age of 50 the anglo-saxon chronicle, the record of the english race, was inspired by alfred he is the only monarch in the history of england to be referred to as the great i thought you might like to see a memorial for alfred the.
No other ruler in england’s long and varied history has been honoured with the title the great alfred once declared it his intention “to live worthily as long as i live and after my life to leave to them that should come after, my memory in good works” the fame and reputation of king alfred, one of the ablest of england’s kings. Alfred the great introduction: alfred the great was the king of wessex, an anglo-saxon kingdom in southwestern englandhe is one of the only two english kings who were given the appellation ‘great’ the other one is scandinavian ruler cnut the great. The winter of 876-877 was a dreadful one for the west saxons the viking great army, which was reinforced annually in the summer or fall, ravaged nearly all of england danish king guthrun marching from mercia launched a surprise attack against alfred of wessex in wiltshire on christmas day 876 in.
Alfred the great was king of wessex from 871 to 899 thanks to his education, alfred learned ancient languages and works of the great writers of his time and his history as a child, he, at the behest of his father, made a trip to rome in 853, where pope leo iv anointed him as the future king of wessex. Alfred the great was an anglo-saxon king who inherited the throne of wessex in southwestern england in 871 ce for the next few years alfred fought the vikings in 878 ce he defeated the main viking army at the battle of edington. Alfred was the first king of the west saxons to style himself king of the anglo-saxons details of his life are described in a work by the 10th century welsh scholar and bishop asser. King egbert of wessex the first king of all england share flipboard email print king egbert of wessex as depicted in cassell's illustrated history of england, published in 1857 public domain courtesy of wikimedia history & culture stepmother of alfred the great the rulers of england henry the fowler women of the tenth century.
The rambling walker - walks with history, humour and passion this is a short clip from the full length program what you'll enjoy in this web video, is murray telling stories associated with the. A brief history of king alfred the great in england 1,850 words 4 pages the influence of king alfred the great, william shakespeare, and geoffrey chaucer on the spread of the english language 346 words 1 page a biography of alfred the great the king of wessex 1,753 words 4 pages a biography of king alfred the great, king of wessex. As king of wessex at the age of 21, alfred (reigned 871-99) was a strongminded but highly strung battle veteran at the head of remaining resistance to the vikings in southern england in early 878, the danes led by king guthrum seized chippenham in wiltshire in a lightning strike and used it as a secure base from which to devastate wessex. Alfred was born in wantage in berkshire between 847 and 849, we know this from asser a welsh monk who wrote a history of the kings life alfred was one of five sons of king aethelwolf , he was thus considered unlikely to succeed to the throne.
Alfred, also spelled aelfred, byname alfred the great, (born 849—died 899), king of wessex (871–899), a saxon kingdom in southwestern englandhe prevented england from falling to the danes and promoted learning and literacy compilation of the anglo-saxon chronicle began during his reign, circa 890. Alfred was born at wantage, historically in berkshire by now oxfordshire, the youngest son of ethelwulf (d 858), king of the west saxons in 870 alfred and his brother ethelred fought many battles against the danes. King alfred is the only king in english history to be deemed worthy of the title of ’the great’ 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.