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By Richard Abels

This biography of Alfred the good, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate examining of the first resources with a cautious assessment of the latest scholarly learn at the historical past and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as an exceptional warlord, an efficient and artistic ruler, and a passionate student 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 recommendations not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet all started the method of political consolidation that may culminate within the construction of the dominion of britain.

Alfred the nice: warfare, 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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