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Alfred the Great: The King and His England
Filled with drama and action, here is the story of the ninth-century life and times of Alfred—warrior, conqueror, lawmaker, scholar, and the only king whom England has ever called "The Great." Based on up-to-date information on ninth-century history, geography, philosophy, literature, and social life, it vividly presents exciting views of Alfred in every stage of his long ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 15th 1958 by University Of Chicago Press
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So I'm reading all these Bernard Cornwell Saxon books to Dad, about a fictional character's dealings with Aflred the Great. It seemed like a good idea to read a real history of Alfred. This one's a classic going back to 1958, but still in print. It's quite interesting, giving us as full a portrait of Alfred as possible more than 1,000 years after his death. My reading of Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series absolutely helped me to follow this history. Cornwell fictionalizes everything and puts all in ...more
A rare personal history of early England. Alfred is credited with uniting various tribes to turn the Kingdom of Wessex into the first Kingdom of England. Found this while going through my dad's library. If early English history is your thing, you definitely should read it. Well researched and as personal as a history of a 9th Century individual it is well executed.
A thoroughly pleasant and readable book, though I think some of the sources she presented as firm truth have more recently been called into question. It's written sort of in the style of a children's myth and includes enough legends to color the occasionally sparse facts. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Alfred's translations at the end.