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King Alfred the Great

Alfred P. Smyth


Warrior, law-giver, and scholar, Alfred the Great was an extraordinarily gifted and highly successful king, pushing back the Vikings to preserve what is now thought of as the heart of England. This book provides a chronological examination of the much-disputed medieval biography of King Alfred, attributed to the king's tutor, Asser. The book argues that Asser's life is a medieval forgery; a revelation with profound implications for our understanding of the whole of Anglo-Saxon history. The book contains major studies on the writings of this gifted king, on the controversial charters of his rei ... More

Keywords: Alfred the Great, Vikings, tutor, Asser, Anglo-Saxon, chronicle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198229896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alfred P. Smyth, author
University of Kent

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