Introduction the only english monarch to earn the epithet great and who was esteemed highly by the later victorians who considered him something of a philosopher-king, alfred (b 849-d 899 r 871-899), king of wessex, was the youngest son of æthelwulf. Alfred was born at wantage in oxfordshire in 849, fourth or fifth son of aethelwulf, king of the west saxons following the wishes of their father, the sons succeeded to the kingship in turn at a. King alfred the great is seen by many as the first king of all england 1 alfred was born at wantage, berkshire, in ad 849, the fifth son of the west saxon king ethelwulf. Alfred the great (c 849 - 26 october 899) was king of wessex from 871 to 899 he was the first monarch from the british isles to style himself as 'king of the anglo-saxons' and so he is sometimes considered the first english king.
Father - alfred the great mother - ealhswith of wessex married - aethelred of mercia children - aelfwynn 870 (during) aethelflaed was born, the eldest child of alfred, later known as alfred the great, and his wife ealhswith of mercia. Soldier, statesman and scholar, alfred the great is celebrated as one of britain's most successful and heroic kings in this biography, professor smyth explores the life of a remarkable man his conclusion is controversial: he argues that asser's life of alfred, hitherto the most important source of. This film chronicles the life and times of king alfred, who lived from 849 to 899 ad alfred, the only english king ever to be called the great, is remembered for his resistance to and victory. King alfred the great synonyms, king alfred the great pronunciation, king alfred the great translation, english dictionary definition of king alfred the great n 849-99, king of wessex and overlord of england, who defeated the danes and encouraged learning and writing in english n ad 849-899, king of the west.
In 886, alfred garnered his resources and managed to retake the city of london, but viking raids continued at the battle of ethendun in 878, saxon forces soundly defeated the vikings lead by guthrum and peace was concluded by the terms of the treaty of wedmore. King alfred succeeded his brother ethelred to the throne of wessex and danish mercia after suffering a year of minor defeats by the danes, alfred was forced to buy them off they promised to leave wessex alone for five years the danes invaded mercia expelled king burgred and replaced him with a. Alfred the great introduction: alfred the great was the king of wessex, an anglo-saxon kingdom in southwestern englandhe is one of the only two english kings who were given the appellation 'great. King alfred of wessex (r871-99) is probably the best known of all anglo-saxon rulers, even if the first thing to come into many people's minds in connection with him is something to do with burnt confectionery. Title: alfred the great (1969) 64 the reign of edward ii, king of england, is troubled from the start, when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of.
Alfred the great (871-899) and eadred (946-955) are the only anglo-saxon kings whose wills have survived to the present day, both of which are found in the same manuscript, british library additional ms 82931, known as the liber de hyda and a recent upload to our digitised manuscripts site opening. King alfred's statue dominates winchester's high street, but the life and legacy of england's first king is surrounded in legend and mystery in ad870 anglo saxon england was a fragmented cluster of warring kingdoms besieged by vikings only alfred's kingdom of wessex had not fallen to the enemy. William the conqueror was married with matilda of flanders who was directly descended from alfred the great as this matilda's children, king william ii, king henry i and adela countess of blois were descendants of alfred - as are their progeny. King alfred's struggle by 870 the danes had overthrown the kingdoms of east anglia, northumbria, and mercia, and were preparing to do the same to wessex standing in their way was a young king of wessex, alfred by name.
Alfred the great was an anglo-saxon king who inherited the throne of wessex in southwestern england in 871 ce for the next few years alfred fought the vikings in 878 ce he defeated the main viking army at the battle of edington. Alfred the anglo-saxon alfred (849-899), sometimes called alfred the great, was king of wessex from 871 to 899 he successfully halted the advance of danish armies seeking to conquer the english, and he stimulated a revival of learning among his war-ravaged people. A short informative account of king alfred the great's life and achievements from early childhood right through to his time on the throne the narrative intertwines myths with facts, making careful distinctions between them. King alfred the youngest son of king æthelwulf, alfred of wessex is more famously known as 'alfred the great' for his legendary will to survive and unite the isles under one banner.
Alfred the great ruled england as king of wessex during the 9th century and is particularly known for his social and educational reform and his military victories against the vikings, who had invaded much of the north of the country. Alfred the great (849-899) was the most famous of the anglo-saxon kings despite overwhelming odds he successfully defended his kingdom, wessex, against the vikings he also introduced wide-ranging reforms including defence measures, reform of the law and of coinage. Alfred was born at wantage, historically in berkshire by now oxfordshire, the youngest son of ethelwulf (d 858), king of the west saxons in 870 alfred and his brother ethelred fought many battles against the danes. Biography king alfred (or more properly ælfred) is the only english king ever to receive the title the great which epithet he earned for his stalwart resistance to the danes, his wise government, his law-making, and his revival of english arts and culture and education.
The anglo-saxon alfred (849-899), sometimes called alfred the great, was king of wessex from 871 to 899he successfully halted the advance of danish armies seeking to conquer the english, and he stimulated a revival of learning among his war-ravaged people. Alfred the great may also refer to: alfred (bishop) (died 943), bishop of sherborne alfred the great (comics) , comic by al colombia alfred the great (film) , 1969 film alfred the great (c 849-899) was an english king. Alfred the great is a 1969 epic film which portrays alfred the great's struggle to defend the anglo-saxon kingdom of wessex from a danish viking invasion in the 9th century.