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Alfred the Great : The King and His England - Eleanor Shipley Duckett

Alfred the Great

The King and His England

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Published: 1st January 1956
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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 career and leaves the reader with a sharply-etched picture of the world of the Middle Ages.

The chief contemporary source of material on Alfred the Great is the biography left by Asser, who translated the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle which Alfred had helped formulate, and incorporated this and some of Alfred's writings in his biography. Miss Duckett has gleaned from these writings and other available sources a portrait of a ruler devoted to his church and imbued with an overwhelming desire to see his country welded into a strong and unified nation. To this end he worked to overcome the ignorance and superstition rife in the ninth century. He set up schools and insisted on education for his subjects, priest as well as layman; he encouraged them in their art, poetry and architecture. He welcomed to his court all who could tell him of things new and strange, and from this knowledge came a codified set of laws as well as The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, one of the major historical documents of English life. Lawgiver and educator, Alfred merited the distinction of "Great" inscribed after his name. The book is a fascinating portrait of an enlightened monarch against a background of darkness and ignorance, who brought about in large measure the goal of a united England. (Kirkus Reviews)

Wessex before the Time of Alfred
The World of Alfred's Boyhood, 849-65
Alfred and His Brother, King Ethelred, 865-71
King Alfred and the Great War against the Danes, 871-86
King Alfred and His Rule in Wessex
King Alfred and His Scholars and Teachers
King Alfred and the Later War against the Danes, 892-96
King Alfred and His Earlier Translations
King Alfred and His Later Translations
King Alfred at Home Brief
List of Books
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226167794
ISBN-10: 0226167798
Series: Phoenix Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 1956
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Type: New edition