A biography of alfred the great the king of wessex

He prevented England from falling to the Danes and promoted learning and literacy. He died in October AD and was buried at his capital city of Winchester. Three weeks later the Danish king and 29 of his chief men were baptised at Alfred's court at Aller, near Athelneywith Alfred receiving Guthrum as his spiritual son.

From tothe Vikings returned to raid and fight in England.

Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex

On a trip to Rome Alfred had stayed with Charles the Bald and it is possible that he may have studied how the Carolingian kings had dealt with the Viking problem.

During this period, Bishop Asser applied to Alfred the unique title of "secundarius", which may indicate a position similar to the Celtic " tanist ", a recognised successor closely associated with the reigning monarch.

These finds hint at the cost involved in making peace with the Vikings. Alfred was king from Cornwall to the areas in the east, south of the Thames. Among these was a raid in Kentan allied kingdom in South East Englandduring the yearwhich was quite possibly the largest raid since the battles with Guthrum.

He scrutinized the administration of justice and took steps to ensure the protection of the weak from oppression by ignorant or corrupt judges. His mother early aroused his interest in English poetry, and from his boyhood he also hankered after Latin learning, possibly stimulated by visits to Rome in and It was probably the quality of the West Saxon resistance that discouraged Danish attacks for five years.

The following year, he succeeded his brother as king. The following year, he succeeded his brother as king. In both works, additions include parallels from contemporary conditions, sometimes revealing his views on the social order and the duties of kingship.

Most importantly, he started a curriculum of education which he personally participated in.

Ecgberht, King of Wessex

Augustine of Hippoto which he added material from other works of the Fathers of the Church, discussed problems concerning faith and reason and the nature of eternal life. From tothe Vikings returned to raid and fight in England.

In this year Alfred married Ealhswith, descended through her mother from Mercian kings. The relationship between Offa and Cynewulfwho was king of Wessex from tois not well documented, but it seems likely that Cynewulf maintained some independence from Mercian overlordship. His succession was contested by Ecgberht, but he was defeated by Beorhtric, maybe with Offa's assistance.

Alfred had no opportunity to acquire the education he sought, however, until much later in life. He began administering the collection of taxes and allocating expenditures and promoting trade.He is the only English monarch known as 'the Great'.

Alfred was born at Wantage in Oxfordshire infourth or fifth son of Aethelwulf, king of the West Saxons. Alfred the Great (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, "elf counsel" or "wise elf"; – 26 October ) was King of Wessex from to Alfred was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex.

His father died when he was young and three of. A: Alfred was the fifth son of King Æthelwulf (), ruler of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex – the area south of the river Thames. When he was born at Wantage init might have seemed unlikely that Alfred would ever become king, but in a period of increasing Viking attacks, his.

Alfred the Great (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, "elf counsel" or "wise elf"; – 26 October ) was King of Wessex from to Alfred was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex. His father died when he was young and three of Alfred's brothers reigned in turn.

Alfred was born in in the village of Wantage, Oxfordshire, as the son of King Aethelwulf of Wessex. His three older brothers all ruled Wessex before him, with Alfred taking the throne in Alfred, also spelled Aelfred, byname Alfred the Great, (born —died ), king of Wessex (–), a Saxon kingdom in southwestern England.

He prevented England from falling to the Danes and promoted learning and literacy.

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