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Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred & Other Contemporary Sources Summary
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Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred & Other Contemporary Sources Summary

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Alfred the Great (849 - 899) was the King of Wessex from 871 through 899. He is most famous for being the king who, while hiding with a herdsman, let some cakes burn while he was deep in despondency. However, throughout British history he has been famous for other important accomplishments.

During his reign, Alfred tried to follow kings in the past who were both effective defenders of their kingdoms and who ruled with wisdom. He led a variety of kingdoms, including the English kingdoms of Mercia, Northumbria, and East Anglia, against Viking invasions of England that persisted throughout his life and thereafter. He also fought to revive the practice of the Christian religion in his kingdom and fought to translate and disseminate Christian writings in order to revive learning in England that he regarded as having been lost since the fall of Roman Britain.

Alfred is the only English king to...

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