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By Richard Abels

This biography of Alfred the nice, king of the West Saxons (871-899), combines a delicate examining of the first assets with a cautious assessment of the newest scholarly study at the heritage and archaeology of ninth-century England. Alfred emerges from the pages of this biography as a very good warlord, an efficient and artistic 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 concepts not just preserved his local Wessex from viking conquest, yet all started the method of political consolidation that may culminate within the production of the dominion of britain.

Alfred the nice: struggle, 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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