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By Richard Abels

This biography of Alfred the good, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate interpreting of the first resources with a cautious review of the latest scholarly learn at the heritage and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a superb warlord, an efficient and creative ruler, and a passionate student whose piety and highbrow interest led him to sponsor a cultural and religious renaissance. Alfred's victories at the battlefield and his sweeping administrative thoughts not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet begun the method of political consolidation that will culminate within the construction of the dominion of britain.

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

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