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Author Smyth, Alfred P

Title King Alfred the Great / Alfred P. Smyth
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995


Description 1 online resource (xxv, 744 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series UPSO - Oxford University Press E-Books
Summary 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. The author provides a detailed examination of the much-disputed medieval biography of King Alfred, attributed to the king's tutor, Asser. Professor Smyth 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 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. Professor Smyth shows the Chronicle to have been much more closely connected with the court of King Alfred than has hitherto been allowed, and suggests a new date for the completion of the earliest Alfredian section of the Chronicle
Analysis Monarchs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 703-723) and index
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Subject Alfred, King of England, 849-899.
Alfred, King of England, 849-899.
Anglo-Saxons -- Biography
Kings and rulers.
Great Britain -- History -- Alfred, 871-899.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191678936