Anglo-Saxon Punishments: The Price of a Pinky

Recognizing that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, medieval lawmakers believed that justice could be satisfied by aggressors making financial compensation to victims.

The Watlington Hoard: The Viking Treasure that Marked the Foundation of England

Having you ever visited and been dazzled by Anglo-Saxon collection at the Ashmolean Museum, a priceless treasure hoard that the Museum has fought hard to keep earlier this year?

Hoard of King Alfred the Great goes to Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum will be purchasing a treasure hoard dating back to time of King Alfred the Great. The museum, which is located in Oxford, has raised the £1.35 million to fund the purchase.

In Search of Alfred the Great: The King, The Grave, The Legend

The only English monarch ever to have had the epithet ‘the Great’, Alfred’s reputation reaches down to us through the years. Christian hero, successful defender of England against the Vikings, social and educational reformer. There is a man and a life buried amid the myths. Within these pages, discover Alfred’s dramatic story.

Alfred the Great, King of Wessex

Therefore a man never attains virtue and excellence through his power; rather he attains power and authority through his virtue… Study wisdom, therefore, and when you have learned it, do not neglect it, for I say to you without hesitation that you can attain authority through wisdom

Mythical Millenaries: The Victorian Quest for the Historical Alfred

Now that we are learning to hear Asser’s voice not through the ears of the Victorians, but with our own ears, with no reason at all to fear the voice of an intelligent and sophisticated hagiographer, we will at last be hearing a voice which Alfred himself heard.

Osburh, Mother of King Alfred the Great

What little we know about Alfred the Great’s mother comes to us from the biography of Alfred written by his great friend, Bishop Asser.

Ealhswith, Wife of Alfred the Great

Ealhswith was a Mercian princess who married Alfred, Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex.

The Uses Made of History by the Kings of Medieval England

The kings of medieval England, besides using history for the entertainment of themselves and their courts, turned it to practical purposes. They plundered history-books for precedents and other evidences to justify their claims and acts. They also recognised its value as propaganda, to bolster up their positions at home and strengthen their hands abroad.

Memorial to Athelney Island, Home of Alfred the Great

Alfred was forced to flee with his family to safety in the woods and eventually made his way to the island of Athelney in the marshes of Somerset.

Alfred the Great or Edward the Elder? Pelvic bone ‘most likely’ belongs to Anglo-Saxon King

Researchers believe that a pelvic found discovered over fifteen years ago belongs to an English king: either Alfred the Great or his son Edward the Elder.

Children and Literature in Medieval England

Deals with childrens’ literature in medieval England. Kinds of literature heard by children in England; Examples of rhymes used by medieval children; Ways of linking rhymes with children.

Connecting Theory and Practice: A Review of the Work of Five Early Contributors to the Ethics of Management

Boethius, Gregory the Great, Alfred the Great, Stephen Langton and Thomas More

Æthelflæd: Warrior Queen of Mercia

Her deeds are largely forgotten, but as Alex Burghart explains, Æthelfæd turned a cornered kingdom into a powerhouse that defeated the Welsh and the Vikings

Alfred of Wessex: a study in accidental greatness

‘Alfred found learning dead, and he restored it. Education neglected, and he revived it. The laws powerless, and he gave them force. The Church debased, and he raised it. The land ravaged by a fearful enemy, from which he delivered it. Alfred’s name shall live as long as mankind respects the past.’

The Legacy of the Danes: A Look at the Impacts of Viking Conquest on England in the Late Ninth Century

I seek to explore the impacts of the Danish Vikings upon King Alfred the Great and the Anglo-Saxon people of the ninth century

Alfred the Great: a diagnosis

King Alfred, ‘England’s Darling’ (849 – 900) suffered from a painful illness for much of his life, the nature of which has been the source of some speculation among Anglo-Saxonists.

Alfred the Great’s Burnt Boethius

One can trace the reason for these curious editorial developments to two factors: (1) the inaccessibility of the tenth-century manuscript, which everyone thought was destroyed in the 1731 fire, until its burnt remains were recovered at the British Museum in the 1830s; and (2) an overpowering edition-in-progress of the twelfth-century manuscript by the great seventeenth-century scholar Francis Junius, with extensive collations from the missing tenth-century manuscript.

Alfred the Great and Æthelred II ‘the Unready”: the Viking Wars in England, c. 850-1016

Why did the Vikings suddenly appear in the late eighth century?

“A Thousand Years of Deceit”: The New Debate Surrounding the Authenticity of Asser’s Life of King Alfred

A great deal of modern scholarship pertaining to the reign of Alfred the Great (871-899) rests upon the Life of King Alfred, a biography purported to have been written by Asser, a Welshman from St. David’s, in or shortly after AD 893.

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