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Alfred the Great : War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England

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This biography of Alfred the Great, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a sensitive reading of the primary sources with a careful evaluation of the most recent scholarly research on the history and archaeology of ninth-century England. This book recovers the historical Alfred, pragmatic, generous, brutal, pious, scholarly within the context of his own age. This new edition includes illustrations of key material sources and extended sections on Alfred's intellectual/literary program and on the posthumous reputation and memory of Alfred. An essential read for all students of early medieval England.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1138808113
  • 9781138808119

About Richard Abels

Richard Abels is Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Sources. 1. Alfred's Wessex. 2. Memories of Childhood, 848-858. 3. Scourges of God, 858-868. 4. A Very Great Warrior, 869-879. 5. King of the Anglo-Saxons, 880-891. 6. Defence of the Realm. 7. The reign of Solomon. 8. The Practice of Kingship. 9. Triumph and Death, 892-899. Conclusion: 'My Memory in Good Works'. Appendix on the Authenticity of Asser's Life of King Alfred. Table: Alfred's Genealogy. Maps. Bibliography.show more

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