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Alfred the Great : Asser's Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources - Asser

Alfred the Great

Asser's Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources

By: Asser


Published: February 1984
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Asser's Life of King Alfred, written in 893, is a revealing account of one of the greatest medieval kings. Composed by a monk of St David's in Wales who became Bishop of Sherborne in Alfred's service and worked with him in his efforts to revive religion and learning in his kingdom, this life is among the earliest surviving royal biographies. It is an admiring account of King Alfred's life, written in absorbing detail – chronicling his battles against Viking invaders and his struggle to increase the strength and knowledge of his people, and to unite them at a time of conflict, uncertainty and war.

In their introduction, Simon Keynes and Michael Lapidge examine Alfred's reign and turbulent times. This edition also includes other contemporary sources, including annals from The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, King Alfred's laws, his will and extracts from his own writings.

About the Author

Little is known of Asser beyond this work. Simon Keynes is Reader in Anglo-Saxon History at Cambridge University. He is the author of The Diplomas of King Aethelred 'the Unready' and of numerous articles on Anglo-Saxon history.


wonderful piece of ancient history


Translated from the original Old English with very informative notes by the authors that explain various pieces of text. A must have for anyone interested in the Anglo-Saxon period.

Minden Qld.


Alfred the Great

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ISBN: 9780140444094
ISBN-10: 0140444092
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: February 1984
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 17.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1