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By Richard Abels

This biography of Alfred the nice, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate analyzing of the first assets with a cautious review of the newest scholarly learn at the background and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as an outstanding warlord, an efficient and artistic ruler, and a passionate student whose piety and highbrow interest led him to sponsor a cultural and non secular renaissance. Alfred's victories at the battlefield and his sweeping administrative recommendations not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet begun the method of political consolidation that may culminate within the construction of the dominion of britain.

Alfred the good: warfare, Kingship and tradition in Anglo-Saxon England strips away the varnish of later interpretations to recuperate the old Alfredpragmatic, beneficiant, brutal, pious, scholarly in the context of his personal age.

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