Alfred the Great

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1999 marked the eleven-hundredth anniversary of the death of Alfred the Great, and to mark this event, two international conferences were held to re-evaluate and contextualise Alfred's achievements and the developments of his reign. This volume includes papers given at both events and provides substantial assessments, by leading scholars, of issues of source-criticism, of the large corpus of Old English literature associated with Alfred and of developments in government and society in late ninth century England. It also explores how Alfred and his kingdom related to the wider geo-political and cultural situation in the British isles and continental Europe, and closes with a substantial survey of the uses and shifts in Alfred's reputation in the centuries following his death.

This substantial and wide ranging volume will become a standard reference work for anyone interested in Old English literature or Anglo-Saxon history, and will set the pattern of future scholarly debate.

Contents: Foreword
Introduction: Placing King Alfred, James Campbell
The sources: Asser's reading, Michael Lapidge
Ælfredian arithmetic, Asserian architectonics, David Howlett
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the idea of Rome in Alfredian literature, Susan Irvine
Ædificia nova: treasures of Alfred's reign, Leslie Webster
Alfredian literature: The Alfredian canon revisited: a hundred years on, Janet Bately
The form and function of the preface in the poetry and prose of Alfred's reign, Allen J. Frantzen
The player king: identification and self-representation in King Alfred's writings, Malcolm Godden
Alfredian government and society: Alfredian government: the west Saxon inheritance, Nicholas Brooks
The power of the written word: Alfredian England 871-899, Simon Keynes
Alfred's coinage reforms in context, Mark Blackburn
The origin of Alfred's urban policies, David Hill
Alfred and London, Derek Keene
Succession and inheritance: a gendered perspective on Alfred's family history, Pauline Stafford
What 'Great heathen army'? Alfred the Great, the Micel Hæðen Here and the Viking threat, Richard Abels
Alfred's new longships, Edwin and Joyce Gifford
Alfred and contemporary rulership: Alfred's Carolingian contemporaries, Janet L. Nelson
Alfred the Great and Arnulf of Carinthia: a comparison, Anton Scharer
Alfred's contemporaries: Irish, Welsh, Scots and Breton, Wendy Davies
The ruler as instructor, pastor and wise: Leo VI of Byzantium and Symeon of Bulgaria, Jonathan Shepard
Alfred as icon: Alfredism: the use and abuse of King Alfred's reputation in later centuries, Barbara Yorke.


About the Author:
: About the Editor: Timothy Reuter, Professor, Department of History, University of Southampton, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754609575
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Studies in Early Medieval Britain
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
List of illustrations
1 Placing King Alfred 3
2 Asser's reading 27
3 Alfredian arithmetic - Asserian architectonics 49
4 The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the idea of Rome in Alfredian literature 63
5 Aedificia nova: treasures of Alfred's reign 79
6 The Alfredian canon revisited: one hundred years on 107
7 The form and function of the preface in the poetry and prose of Alfred's reign 121
8 The player king: identification and self-representation in King Alfred's writings 137
9 Alfredian government: the West Saxon inheritance 153
10 The power of the written word: Alfredian England 871-899 175
11 Alfred's coinage reforms in context 199
12 The origin of Alfred's urban policies 219
13 Alfred and London 235
14 Succession and inheritance: a gendered perspective on Alfred's family history 251
15 Alfred the Great, the micel haeoen here and the viking threat 265
16 Alfred's new longships 281
17 Alfred's Carolingian contemporaries 293
18 Alfred the Great and Arnulf of Carinthia: a comparison 311
19 Alfred's contemporaries: Irish, Welsh, Scots and Breton 323
20 The ruler as instructor, pastor and wise: Leo VI of Byzantium and Symeon of Bulgaria 339
21 Alfredism: the use and abuse of King Alfred's reputation in later centuries 361
Index 381
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