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Alfred The Great
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ABT 848 Wantage, Berkshire, England
Æthelwulf of Wessex
Osburth of Wessex
Ealhswith 868
Edmund of England
Born: ABT 873
Elfrida of England
Born: BET 868 AND 877 Wessex, England
Died: 7 JUN 929 Flanders, Belgium
Ethelwerd of England
Born: ABT 879
Edward I of England
Born: ABT 871 Wessex, England
Died: 924 Farmington, Berkshire, England
Ethelgiva of England
Born: ABT 875
Ethelfleda of England
Born: ABT 869 Wessex, England
Died: 12 JUN 918 St. Peters, Gloucestershire, England
26 OCT 901 Winchester, Hampshire, England
Alfred, the Great (871-900 AD)

Youngest son of King Æthelwulf, Alfred became King of Wessex during a time of constant Viking attack. He was driven into hiding by a Viking raid into Wessex, led by the Dane, Guthorm, and took refuge in the Athelney marshes in Somerset. There, he recovered sufficient strength to be able to defeat the Danes decisively at the Battle of Eddington. As a condition of the peace treaty which followed, Guthorm received Christian baptism and withdrew his forces from Wessex, with Alfred recognizing the Danish control over East Anglia and parts of Mercia. This partition of England, called the "Danelaw", was formalized by another treaty in 886.
Alfred created a series of fortifications to surround his kingdom and provide needed security from invasion. The Anglo-Saxon word for these forts, "burhs", has come down to us in the common place-name suffix, "bury." He also constructed a fleet of ships to augment his other defenses, and in so doing became known as the "Father of the English Navy." The reign of Alfred was known for more than military success. He was a codifier of law, a promoter of education and a suppor|er of the arts. He, himself, was a scholar and translated Latin books into the Anglo-Saxon tongue. The definitive contemporary work on Alfred's life is an unfinished account in Latin by Asser, a Welshman, bishop of Sherbourne and Alfred's counsellor. After his death, he was buried in his capital city of Winchester, and is the only English monarch in history to carry the title, "the Great."

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