Alfred the Great

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Scandinavian invasions of Britain

In the 8th century the Scandinavians became expansionist and began raiding neighbouring coasts. Initially, this just consisted of marauding and plundering of places of wealth and they always returned back to home base. Alfred (king of Wessex. Alfred, also spelled Aelfred, byname Alfred The Great (born 849—died 899), king of Wessex (871–899), a Saxon kingdom in southwestern England.

Alfred (king of Wessex

He prevented England from falling to the Danes and promoted learning and literacy. Compilation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle began during his reign, c. 890. When he was born, it must have seemed unlikely that Alfred would become king, since he had four older brothers; he said that he never desired royal power. Perhaps a scholar’s life would have contented him. RBH Biography: King Alfred the Great (849-899) 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.

RBH Biography: King Alfred the Great (849-899)

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 the first of her children to learn to read it. English Monarchs - Kings and Queens of England - Alfred the Great. No other ruler in England's long and varied history has been honoured with the title the Great.

English Monarchs - Kings and Queens of England - Alfred the Great.

Alfred once declared it his intention "To live worthily as long as I live and after my life to leave to them that should come after, my memory in good works. " Few of our monarchs have succeeded as spectacularly in their aims as he did. The Anglo-Saxon kings > Alfred 'The Great'