King Alfred shows his new city of Winchester to the Danish chief Guthrum painting. by Trevor Ridley

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Wall picture to accompany the unit on Alfred the Great by John Pelling.

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SeriesHistory first
ContributionsPelling, John.
The Physical Object
Pagination1 wall chart (16" x 24") :
Number of Pages24
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Open LibraryOL21493956M
ISBN 100521214165

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Alfred the Great (/9 – 26 October ) was king of the West Saxons from to c. and king of the Anglo-Saxons from c. to He was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of father died when he was young. Three of Alfred's brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht and Æthelred, reigned in turn before him.

After ascending the throne, Alfred spent several years fighting Viking Father: Æthelwulf, King of Wessex. Wedmore, Somerset.

The West Window in 's Church, Wedmore, shows Alfred playing the lyre, burning the cakes, and making peace with Guthrum. There is a brass plaque, erected inthat commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Wedmore (the peace treaty between Alfred the Great and the Danish King Guthrum in ).

As King of Wessex at the age of 21, Alfred (reigned ) was a strongminded but highly strung battle veteran at the head of remaining resistance to the Vikings in southern England. In earlythe Danes led by King Guthrum seized Chippenham in Wiltshire in a lightning strike and used it as a secure base from which to devastate Wessex.

A large Danish force landed in the Thames estuary. They made raids on local towns and villages. Birth of Aethelstan. A son, Aethelstan, was born to Edward the Elder, Alfred’s son, and Egwina his wife.

25/26/28 Oct Death of Alfred. King Alfred died. He was buried in Newminster Abbey, Winchester. King Alfred, in his will, left estates at Mylenburnan, Tiverton (Twyfyrde – refering to two former fords across the rivers Exe and Lowman) and Cullompton to his youngest son historians Keynes and Lapidge, in their analysis of King Alfred’s will, favour Silverton as the site of addition, there were four charters issued by King Edward the Elder nearby at a.

By the s, Alfred's charters and coinage were referring to him as 'king of the English'. He died in October AD and was buried at his capital city of Winchester. Wells Cathedral, Somerset. Stained glass window showing King Alfred the Great and his son King Edward the Elder.

It is said that a church at Wells was created by Ine, King of Wessex, in This would have survived up to aboutwhen work on the current Cathedral is. Together with a navy of new fast ships built on Alfred’s orders, southern England now had a defence in depth against Danish raiders.

His great victory at Edington in secured the survival of Wessex, and the Treaty of Wedmore with the Danish king Guthrum in established a boundary between the Danelaw, east of Watling Street, and the. The New Minster was built in the reign of Alfred’s son, King Edward the Elder, to the north of the Old Minster, and he had his father’s remains interred there.

However, the New Minster was not consecrated untiland Alfred, who had died inwas therefore initially interred in the Old Minster while the New Minster was being built. U htred of Bebbanburg is a son of the Saxon Ealdorman Uhtred, Lord of Bebbanburg, and was born in lived during the era of Alfred the Great in the late 9th century, when Britain was divided between warring kingdoms, each one ruled by it’s own king.

The Danes had already landed, conquering large parts of Britain. As a child, Uhtred learned that the Danes, and the kingdoms of. The crisis of the invasion came when the Danish King Guthrum was defeated by King Alfred in In accordance with the surrender terms, the previously-pagan but now-converted Guthrum submitted to be baptized, together with his leading men, and to evacuate Alfred’s kingdom.

14 ALFRED Winchester which, written by a single hand, was presented by Archbishop Parker to Corpus Christi College at Cambridge ; and it is the source of the historical prose of England.

1 The new book Alfred now translated, 2 most probably in the years towas the History of the World by Orosius, a book written originally in the year. The holy and right-believing King Alfred the Great was the King of Wessex from to He successfully stopped the advance of the Danes into Anglo-Saxon England, unifying the country.

In addition to being the unifier of Anglo-Saxon England in the face of the Danish invasion, Alfred was a promoter of education, father of English prose, a patron of the Church, and a reviver of monasticism in. This post on King Alfred’s navy and the lost battle site is adapted from my book, King Alfred: A Man on the Move, available from Amazon and book shops.

In there was an engagement between King Alfred’s navy and a Viking fleet of six ships that had arrived at the Isle of Wight and had caused harm all along the coast as far as Devon.

It seems that Alfred could not have been present at. Uhtred and Alfred clash frequently through the rest of the series over loyalty and religion, but where Alfred is forced to admit Uhtred’s usefulness is when the would-be Lord of Bebbanburg helps Alfred escape into the Somerset Marshes – where he famously burns the cakes – in the wake of the Danish invasion of Wessex inand then at.

Three weeks later the Danish king and 29 of his chief men were baptised at Alfred's court at Aller, near Athelney, with Alfred receiving Guthrum as his spiritual son. The "unbinding of the chrism" took place with great ceremony eight days later at the royal estate at Wedmore in Somerset, after which Guthrum fulfilled his promise to leave Wessex.

Three weeks later the Danish king and 29 of his chief men were baptised at Alfred's court at Aller, near Athelney, with Alfred receiving Guthrum as his spiritual son.[11] The "unbinding of the chrism" took place with great ceremony eight days later at the royal estate at Wedmore in Somerset, after which Guthrum fulfilled his promise to leave.

Alfred (Old English: Ælfrēd) (c. – 26 October ) was king of the southern Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex from to Alfred is noted for his defence of the kingdom against the Danish Vikings, becoming the only English King to be awarded the epithet 'the Great' (although not English, Canute the Great was another King of England given this title by the Danes).

Alfred was the first. Such was the man who wrote the famous book which King Alfred set himself to make known to his people. That it was a task after the English monarch’s own heart we may well believe. The splendid career and the wretched end of the last great Roman must have deeply impressed Alfred, who had himself known adversity, and was far from sure that his.

Finally, they were compelled to receive Christian baptism. This ceremony took place about three weeks later, sometime in the second week of June, at the town of Aller.

Guthrum and 30 of his chief men were baptised, and Alfred stood as Guthrum's godfather, giving the Danish. Alfred was born in the village of Wanating, nowWantage, was the youngest son of KingÃthelwulf of Wessex, by his first wife, Alfred married Ealhswith, daughter of Ãthelred the age of five years, Alfred is said to have been sent to Rome where, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle he was confirmed by Pope Leo IV who “anointed him as king”.

The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. The first series of eight episodes premiered on 10 October on BBC America, and on BBC Two in the UK on 22 October A second series of eight episodes was aired on BBC Two in the UK in March Alfred the Great (c.

- 26 October ) was King of Wessex from to He was the first monarch from the British Isles to style himself as 'King of the Anglo-Saxons' and so he is sometimes considered the first English started the Royal Navy in the 9th century.

From the first sentence, 'The king was a king no more', I was gripped. The book begins with Alfred fleeing from the new viking Lord, Guthrum. The writing is immediate and as a reader you are hurtled into Alfred's world.

One comes to understand exactly why for generations Alfred was revered and why his title of 'Great' was so richly deserved/5(6). This post is adapted from my book, King Alfred: A Man on the Move, available from would be great if you could support this project by purchasing a copy.

Alfred had seen to it that the Vikings would leave Exeter and the whole of Wessex in However, they would return to Wessex and take Chippenham early in The English king, Edward the Confessor,has spent many years in Normandy,and in that time, contemporary sources say,had come to regard William as a brother,or even a son, and had named him as his g his impending death,and fearing rebellion at home,the childless Edward had dispatchedHarold Godwinson, his wife's brother,and his.

Alfred was concerned that the Witan would lose faith in his ability to be King and tried to get Aethelred, Archbishop of Canterbury on his side. (during) Alfred made a deal with Guthrum, leader of the Vikings and demanded hostages in return for peace.

One by one, Alfred’s older brothers fell in battle or disappeared from history, untilwhen the 22 year-old Alfred accompanied his elder brother King Aethelred on a campaign to hold the Danish leaders in the lowr Thames valley. He was a pioneer in leaving his own words on paper as a testimony of his life.

My Thoughts: The Anglo-Saxon period is my favorite era in British history. I've been anxious to read a non-fiction book on King Alfred. At pages, In Search of Alfred The Great has been a wonderful starting point in a study of s: Alfred the Great (Old English: Ælfrēd, [lower-alpha 2] Ælfrǣd, [lower-alpha 3] 'Elf-counsel' or 'Wise-elf'; between and – 26 October ) was King of Wessex from to c.

and King of the Anglo-Saxons from c. to He was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of father died when he was young and three of Alfred's brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht and Æthelred.

He spies a large Danish fleet, under Guthrum, and lights the first beacon warning Wessex of a new invasion. Episode 5: The Danish fleet land in the south but lose many ships in a huge storm. Alfred goes south to defend against Guthrum and Uhtred joins the force led by Odda the Elder facing Ubba and the Danes at Cynwit on the Severn.

One of the most easily recognisable landmarks in Winchester is the striking statue of King Alfred the Great, which stands at the eastern end of The Broadway, close to the site of the city's medieval East Gate. The statue of a suitably heroic Alfred was designed by Hamo Thornycroft, R.A., and erected.

He then pursued the Danes to their stronghold at Chippenham and starved them into submission. One of the terms of the surrender was that Guthrum convert to Christianity; and three weeks later the Danish king and 29 of his chief men were baptised at Alfred's court at Aller, near Athelney, with Alfred receiving Guthrum as his spiritual son.[9].

The history of the English language is a complex tapestry of gradual developments and short, sharp shocks, of isolation and mutual influences, of borrowings and obsolescences. I am unlikely to do it justice in this short exposition, but it may at least suffice to give an overview of the main developments.

In the great King died himself. He was then only fifty-two years old. Alfred's wife, the Lady Ealhswyth, lived a little while after her husband, till or King Alfred was buried at Winchester in the New Minster which he himself began to found and which was finished by his son Edward.

BBC Four’s last installment of historic documentary King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons airs tonight (pm, 22 August), concluding the story of the great Wessex king.

Alfred was born in at the royal palace in Wantage. He became king in and died in He had four older brothers who all ruled as king before he did.; As a boy of four he accompanied his father Aethelwulf on a pilgrimage to Rome.; By Northumberland, East Anglia and Mercia has all fallen to the was the only Anglo-Saxon kingdom to hold out against the Vikings.

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. King of Wessex from to Alfred The Great.

succesfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England. He is the only English monarch to be accorded the epithet "the Great". Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself "King of the Anglo-Saxons".

Details of his life are described in a. - Explore Jean Granger's board "Alfred The Great", followed by people on Pinterest. See more ideas about Alfred the great, Anglo saxon, English history pins. Buried in AD as the King of the English at his capital city of Winchester, Alfred the Great's bones were thought to have ultimately moved to an unmarked grave.

His remains had been completely lost to us for centuries until researchers at the University of Winchester discovered what is in all probability a piece of his pelvis in a cardboard s: 9.Alfred (?

– 26 October, ) (sometimes spelt Ælfred) was king of the southern Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex from to Alfred is famous for his defence of the kingdom against the Danes (), becoming as a result the only English monarch to be awarded the epithet "the Great" by his s of his life are known as a result of a work by the Welsh scholar, Asser.

Much of the information we have on Alfred comes from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a record of a national history developed by Alfred the Great and therefore recording only his version of events.” Alfred became king of Wessex in AD and a series of campaigns against the Vikings ensued, fought out by Alfred and his brother Æthelred.

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