King Alfred the Great
Oxford University Press, 1995 - 744 עמודים
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 the heart of England as ruler of Wessex from 871-899. In this, the first major biography of King Alfred since 1902, his life, career and enduring legacy are given a radical new interpretation, putting into question most of our assumptions about this singular monarch. Alfred P. Smyth's portrait of King Alfred rejects the image of a neurotic and invalid king who supposedly remained a pious illiterate until he was almost 40. Instead, we are shown a man of remarkable energy and intelligence who took necessary steps to defend his people from the Norsemen. We see, too, a king who had been a scholar all his life and who used his great knowledge to bolster the powers of his own kingship. Smyth also provides a detailed examination of the much-disputed medieval biography of King Alfred, attributed to the King's tutor, Asser. Alfred Smyth argues that Asser's Life may, in fact, have been a late medieval forgery--a revelation with profound implications for our understanding of the whole of Anglo-Saxon history. Smyth's King Alfred also contains major studies on the writings of this gifted king, on the controversial charters of his reign, and on the origins of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. (Smyth shows this work to have been much more closely connected with the court of King Alfred than previously realized and suggests a new date for the completion of the earliest Alfredian section of the Chronicle.) A monumental and intriguing work of historical scholarship, King Alfred the Great will dramatically change the way we understand this early period of western civilization.
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but the Danes had the victory, and the West Saxons left their veteran Mercian ally
, Ealdorman jEthelwulf, dead on the field. Here was a leader they could ill afford
to have lost — a man who had beaten off the 'great naval force' which attacked ...
force and the peace which both the Chronicle and jEthelweard claims they made
with the Danes unquestionably involved the payment of geld. The fragmentary
record of a coin hoard from Reading containing coins of Burgred of Mercia, ...
Alfred for his part, now also seemed reluctant to risk a pitched battle, and
although the initiative still clearly lay with the Danes, the West Saxon army seems
to have adopted the role of trying to contain the activities of the Danish warband
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LibraryThing Reviewביקורת משתמש - SplendorofDelight - LibraryThing
This is an excellent work of scholarship; very thorough and detailed examination of the historical record. However, the writing is very academic/scholarly -- not light reading. I learned a lot about ... קרא סקירה מלאה
KING ALFRED THE GREATביקורת משתמש - Kirkus
This substantial piece of scholarship challenges traditional academic wisdom surrounding the ninth century king of Wessex whose achievements changed the course of English history prior to the Norman ... קרא סקירה מלאה
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