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. 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. 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 is the only english king to be awarded the epithet 'the great' (although not english, canute the great was another king of england given this title by the danes) and was the first king of the west saxons to style himself 'king of the anglo-saxons. King alfred the great added a new photo sp s on s so s red s september 29, 2011 king alfred the great sp s on s so s red s september 29, 2011 875: the monks of lindesfame travel through galloway and northhumbria with the lindesfame gospels after persistent viking attacks alfred becomes the king of wessex.
Alfred the great-----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. 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 the great 871-899 king alfred built up defences and fortified townships to ensure the safety of his people he established defended settlements, or burhs (from which derives the modern borough) these settlements were recorded in detail in the burghal hidage a network of burhs was established to ensure that no part of wessex was. Famous for successfully defending his kingdom against viking invaders, king alfred the great ruled wessex from 871 to 899alfred was ruler of the west saxons and the first regent to declare himself to be king of the anglo-saxons.
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. Alfred p king alfred the great - alfred p smyth - oxford university press 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 the great (old english: ælfrēd, ælfrǣd, elf counsel or wise elf 849 – 26 october 899) was king of wessex from 871 to 899 alfred was the youngest son of king æthelwulf of wessexhis father died when he was young and three of alfred's brothers reigned in turn taking the throne after the death of his brother æthelred, alfred spent several years dealing with viking invasions. King alfred apparently gained such an appreciation and then was able to make a significant contribution to the cause of liberty alfred was king of england from 877-899 ad in order to appreciate what he did, let us briefly review 2300 years of world history prior to his reign.
Alfred and his brother, king aethelred of the west saxons, met the viking army at the battle of ashdown near reading on january 8th 871 after fierce fighting, the west saxons managed to drive the vikings back to reading. Let me show you facts about alfred the great if you want to know the king of wessex he held the throne in 871 till 899 he was born in 849 in village of wanating today the village is called wantage, oxfordshire. Kids learn about the biography of alfred the great from the middle ages king of wessex and the anglo-saxons first king of england king alfred the great by the founder of oriel college ruling as king alfred was a great leader in battle, but he might have been an even better leader during peacetime.
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. King alfred the great (849-899) born: ad 849 at wantage, berkshire king of england died: 26th october ad 899 at winchester, hampshire alfred was the youngest son of king aethelwulf and his wife, osberga he was born at the royal palace of wantage (berkshire) in ad 849 he was brought up and educated by his mother and a famous story tells how she once promised an expensive illuminated book to. Born circa 849 died circa 900 king of wessex from 871 under alfred the great, the anglo-saxon kingdoms were consolidated around wessex, the army was reorganized, a considerable fleet was built, and a number of fortresses were erected. King alfred ('the great') (849-899), king of the west saxons sitter associated with 13 portraits aelfred known as 'alfred the great', reigned from 871-99 he encouraged learning and religion, strengthened the army and founded a navy watch a film clip on the sitter from the bbc archive in the media section below.
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. Hemmings does a great job as the complicated cynical alfred who wants to be a priest but is forced into becoming king because his leadership qualities are badly needed against the marauding danes hemmings alfred is a formidable character but he's refreshingly no hollywood hero. Æthelflæd, the daughter of alfred the great, king of wessex, was born in the early as alfred’s eldest child, she was destined to play a leading role in the political life of anglo-saxon england. King alfred the great oversees the building of a new saxon burgh, while debating the writing of the anglo-saxon chronicles with monks the new english navy sits out to sea.
Ælfrēd or alfred the great (849–16 october 899), king of wessex from 871 to 899, was responsible for turning back the danish invasion of wessex and for promoting a revival of education, scholarship, law and administration. 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. 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.