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King Alfred the Great

Author: Alfred P Smyth
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
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Warrior, law-giver, and scholar, Alfred the Great was an extraordinarily gifted and highly successful king, pushing back the Vikings to preserve what is now thought of as the heart of England. The author provides a detailed examination of the much-disputed medieval biography of King Alfred, attributed to the king's tutor, Asser. Professor Smyth argues that Asser's Life is a medieval forgery; a revelation with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Smyth, Alfred P.
King Alfred the Great.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)605012816
Named Person: Alfred, King of England; Alfred, King of England.; Alfred le Grand, roi d'Angleterre).; Alfred, King of England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred P Smyth
ISBN: 0198229895 9780198229896
OCLC Number: 32924049
Description: xxv, 744 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Alfred P. Smyth.
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Soldier, statesman and scholar, Alfred the Great is celebrated as one of Britain's most successful and heroic kings. This biography reveals the controversial fact that Asser's "Life of Alfred",  Read more...

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