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The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great

A Translation and Commentary on the Text Attributed to Asser
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Alfred the Great was a ninth-century scholar-king celebrated for saving southern England from pagan invaders. It has been generally believed that a monk named Asser, who was employed by Alfred, penned the medieval Life of King Alfred, the biography that The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great book him to mythic by: 5.

This is a great book to get hold of if you are interested in the Anglo-Saxons or early medieval history. It's packed full of source material - enough to get the curious going, not just Asser's life of Alfred which fascinatingly stops well before Alfred's death (did Asser just die unbeknown to us before he could finish the work?), extracts from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and a Latin translation /5.

The medieval 'Life' of King Alfred of Wessex purports to be written by Asser, a monk in the King's service. This account of one of England's best loved and most famous kings has been accepted as offering evidence on most aspects of life in early medieval England and beyond.

It was used in Victorian times to create a 'Cult' of Alfred. Very few King's earn the appellation 'Great'. Alfred is the only English King honoured with this name and is credited with various successes (the foundation of a navy, English education system and religious revival).

His memory looms large in the English Imagination. The medieval 'Life' of King Alfred of Wessex purports to be written by Asser, a monk in the King's service. Alfred, king of Wessex (–), a Saxon kingdom in southwestern England.

He prevented England from falling to the Danes and promoted learning and literacy. Compilation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle began during his reign. Learn more about Alfred’s life and rule. Buy Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great: A Translation and Commentary on the Text Attributed to Asser by Smyth, Alfred P.

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Smyth. DA A Life of King Alfred: together with the Annals of Saint Neots, erroneously ascribed to Asser / Edited with introd. and commentary by William Henry Stevenson. Buy The Political Thought of King Alfred the Great (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series) 4th ed.

by Pratt, David (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible s: 2. This book is a comprehensive study of political thought at the court of King Alfred the Great (). It explains the extraordinary burst of royal learned activity focused on inventive translations from Latin into Old English attributed to Alfred's own by:   Read any historical book about the early medieval period in Britain – about the Viking raids, or the rule of King Alfred and the centuries after that, up until the Norman Conquest and a bit beyond – and like as not, you’ll come across references to a source called the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

“Not yet another history of the life and times” of The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great book. Smyth, Alfred P., trans. The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great: A Translation and Commentary on the Text Attributed to Asser. Basingstoke, UK, and New York: Palgrave, E-mail Citation» Follows up on his biography of Alfred and sees the Life, allegedly by Asser, as a.

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– 12 June ) ruled Mercia in the English Midlands from until her death. She was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, and his wife Ealhswith. Æthelflæd was born around at the height of the Viking invasions ofmost of England was under Danish Viking rule – East Anglia and.

The King Liveth by Jeffery Farnol. Carries the subtitle, A Romance of Alfred the Great Based on the Old Chronicles. The King of Athelney by Alfred Duggan. Alternate title is The Right Line of Cerdic. Biographical novel on Alfred. It’s also a sequel to Conscience of the King, which is on the life of Cerdic Elesing, King of Wessex.

The Last. Asser's Life of King Alfred, written inis a revealing account of one of the greatest of medieval kings. Composed by a monk of St David's in Wales who became Bishop of Sherborne in Alfred's service and worked with him in his efforts to revive religion and learning in his kingdom, this life is among the earliest surviving royal biographies.

The Life and Times of Alfred the Great by Charles Plummer Book Description An annotated, documented biography of the Saxon king of England, expanded from a series of six lectures delivered at Oxford, with special emphasis on Alfred's literary works and military campaigns.

Maps. The Golden Dragon: Alfred the Great and His Times by Alf Johnson Mapp. Asser's Life of King Alfred, written inis a revealing account of one of the greatest medieval kings.

Composed by a monk of St David's in Wales who became Bishop of Sherborne in Alfred's service and worked with him in his efforts to revive religion and learning in his kingdom, this life is among the earliest surviving royal biographies.

Alfred was extraordinary for an early medieval king in several respects. He was a particularly wily military commander, successfully keeping the Danes at bay, and he wisely shored up defenses when the enemies of his kingdom were occupied elsewhere.

In the year of our LordÕs incarnationwas born Alfred, king of the Anglo-Saxons, at the royal village of Wanating,1 in Berkshire, which country has its name from the wood of Berroc, where the box-tree grows most abundantly. His genealogy is traced in the following order. King Alfred was the son of king Ethelwulf, who was the son of Egbert.

THE LIFE OF KING ALFRED by Asser Bishop of Sherborne Online Medieval and Classical Library Release #26 Originally composed in Latin, prossibly sometime around A.D. by the Monk and Bishop Asser, although some scholars contend that the work was actually composed much later by.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle on Alfred the Great. See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Alfred the Great; Asser: Life of King Alfred. The full text translation: J.A. Giles is available. [At OMACL] Alfred and Guthrum's Peace. William of Malmesbury, d. Description. The Life of King Alfred by Bishop Asser is the earliest known source about an Anglo-Saxon king, a king often known today as ‘Alfred the Great’ (r.

– CE). Who was Asser. Asser was a Welshman from St David’s, who later became Bishop of Sherborne. His name is Hebrew, from the Old Testament figure of Aser (Asher), the 8th son of Jacob (Genesis 13).

This biography of Alfred the Great, king of the West Saxons (), combines a sensitive reading of the primary sources with a careful evaluation of the most recent scholarly research on the history and archaeology of ninth-century England.

Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a great warlord, an effective and inventive ruler, and a passionate scholar whose piety and.

Alfred the Great, Asser's Life of King Alfred and other contemporary sources / by: Asser, John, d. Published: () Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA Contact. In King Alfred the Great had to flee for his life when Twelfth Night celebrations at his residence in Chippenham, Wiltshire, were rudely interrupted by a surprise Viking attack, well outside the normal campaigning season.

Alfred took refuge in the marshes at Athelney in Somerset, where he allegedly burnt the cakes, a story first recorded in the 11th century. Summary Asser's Life of King Alfred, written inis a revealing account of one of the greatest of medieval kings.

Composed by a monk of St David's in Wales who became Bishop of Sherborne in Alfred's service and worked with him in his efforts to revive religion and learning in his kingdom, this life is among the earliest surviving royal biographies.

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. The medieval life of King Alfred the Great: a translation and commentary on the text attributed to Asser. [John Asser; Alfred P Smyth; Byrhtferth] -- Very few King's earn the appellation 'Great'. Alfred is the only English King honoured with this name and is credited with various successes (the foundation of a navy, English education system.

Medieval Sourcebook: Asser's Life of King Alfred. At the same time the said King Alfred, with a few of his nobles and someknights and men of his household, was in great distress leading an unquiet lifein the woods and marshes of Somerset.

For he had no means of support exceptwhat he took in frequent raids by stealth or openly from the. The Book Guild. Alfred P. Smyth. King Alfred the Great. Oxford University Press. Alfred P. Smyth (editor).

The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great: A Translation and Commentary on the Text Attributed to Asser. Palgrave. David Sturdy. Alfred the Great. London: Constable.

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This book is a comprehensive study of political thought at the court of King Alfred the Great (). It explains the extraordinary burst of royal learned activity focused on inventive translations from Latin into Old English attributed to Alfred's own authorship.

Get this from a library! The medieval life of King Alfred the Great: a translation and commentary on the text attributed to Asser. [John Asser; Alfred P Smyth; Byrhtferth].

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In the yearAlfred and his brother King Aethelred were campaigning, trying to rid England of the Vikings. King Burhred of Mercia was invaded by the “Great Army” of Scandinavians and they had camped out near Nottingham. Burhred sent a message to Alfred .SERIES: MEDIEVAL MATTERSMedieval Matters is a series of public lectures co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies, the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Office for Religious Life, and the community group The Sarum explores the relevance of medieval history and culture to understanding the modern world.

Why the Anglo-Saxons Matter: King Alfred and the Making of.