Alfred [ælfred] (848/9–899), king of the west saxons and of the alfred the great: asser's life of king alfred and other contemporary sources, ed and trans. Discover key facts about the anglo-saxon king of wessex, who repelled the danes. Facts about the anglo-saxon king alfred of england, his birth, rule, death and legacy.
Alfred the great was king of wessex from 871 to 899 alfred was the youngest son of king æthelwulf of wessex his father died when he was young and three of. 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. 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, .
In the year of our lord's incarnation 849, was born alfred, king of the anglo- saxons, at the royal village of wanating,1 in berkshire, which country has its name. Soldier, statesman, and scholar, alfred the great was a fascinating and highly successful king, pushing back the vikings to command what is now thought of as . Alfred was born in 849, the fifth son of the wessex king during a journey to rome in 853, he was accepted as a godson by pope leo iv he was a great scholar. Born at wantage, berkshire, in 849, alfred was the fifth son of aethelwulf, king of the west saxons at their father's behest and by mutual agreement, alfred's.
King alfred the great has long been regarded as the archetypal symbol of the nation's perception of itself beset throughout his reign with the. Youngest son of king æthelwulf, alfred became king of wessex during a time of constant viking attack he was driven into hiding by a viking raid into wessex,. Alfred the great (871-899) and eadred (946-955) are the only copy of king alfred's will survives in an 11th-century manuscript, the liber. The broad outline of king alfred's wars with the vikings is well known oft defeated by the great army of the vikings, he took refuge in a remote. The pelvis bone (right) of king alfred the great (illustrated left) is believed to have been found in a box stored in a museum, and not buried in an.
It was the custom for king alfred of wessex to celebrate the twelve days of christmas at his royal palace at dorchester, in the county of dorset alfred's great hall. It was alfred's first battle, and with the danes decisively beaten on the battlefield, hope was restored to the saxon people soon after, king ethelred died, and. In april 871, king ethelred died, most probably from wounds received at the battle of merton alfred succeeded to the throne of.
Alfred the great is not only the most famous of the saxon kings, but is widely alfred was the fifth and favorite son of ethelwulf, the saxon king of wessex and. This was the achievement largely of one man and his ecclesiastical advisors: king alfred the great let us look at the main stages of his extraordinary life. An unmarked grave in a quiet english churchyard has been dug up by archaeologists looking for the remains of king alfred the great, a ninth.