Alfred the Great

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Alfred o Wessex
Statue d'Alfred le Grand à Winchester.jpg
Statue o Alfred the Great bi Hamo Thornycroft in Winchester, unveiled during the millenary celebrations o Alfred's daith.
Keeng o Wessex
Ring 23 Aprile 871 – 26 October 899
Predecessor Æthelred
Successor Edward
Born 849
The Ryal Palace, Wantage, Oxfordshire
Dee'd 26 October 899 (aroond 50) Winchester
Buirial ca. 1100
Hyde Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire, nou lost
Spouse Ealhswith
Issue Æthelflæd, Lady o the Mercians
Edward, Keeng o Wessex
Æthelgifu abbess o Shaftesbury
Æthelweard o Wessex
Ælfthryth, Coontess o Flanders
Full name
Ælfred o Wessex
Hoose Hoose o Wessex
Hoose Hoose o Wessex
Faither Æthelwulf, Keeng o Wessex
Mither Osburh
Releegion Roman Catholicism

Alfred the Great (849 – 26 October 899) (Auld Inglis: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, "elf coonsel") was Keeng o Wessex frae 871 tae 899. He wis the youngest son o Keeng Æthelwulf o Wessex. His faither dee'd whan he wis young an three o Alfred's brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht an Æthelred, ringed in turn.

Efter accedin tae the throne, Alfred spent several years fechtin Viking invasions. He wan a decisive veectory in the Battle o Edington in 878 an made a greement wi the Vikings, creautin what wis kent as Danelaw in the North o Ingland. Alfred an aw owersaw the conversion o Viking leader Guthrum tae Christianity. He defendit his kinrick against the Viking attempt at conquest, acomin the dominant ruler in Ingland.[1] Details o his life are descrived in a wark bi 9t-century Welsh scholar an beeshop Asser.

Alfred haed a reputation as a learned an mercifu man o a gracious an level-heidit natur that encouraged eddication, proponin that primar eddication be conductit in Inglis raither nor Laitin an impruivin the legal seestem, militar structur an his fowk's quality o life. He wis gien the epithet "the Great" in an efter the Reformation in the saxteent century. The anerly ither keeng o Ingland gien this epithet is Cnut the Great.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Yorke 2001, pp. 27–28.