Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon by Richard Abels PDF

By Richard Abels

This biography of Alfred the good, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate interpreting of the first assets with a cautious evaluate of the latest scholarly study at the background and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a superb warlord, an efficient and creative ruler, and a passionate pupil 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 techniques not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet started the method of political consolidation that might culminate within the production of the dominion of britain.

Alfred the nice: struggle, Kingship and tradition in Anglo-Saxon England strips away the varnish of later interpretations to recuperate the ancient Alfredpragmatic, beneficiant, brutal, pious, scholarly in the context of his personal age.

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