The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great
A Translation and Commentary on the Text Attributed to Asser
By (author) Alfred P. Smyth
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Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great by Alfred P. Smyth
Book DescriptionVery few King's earn the appellation 'Great'. Alfred is the only English King honoured with this name and is credited with various successes (the foundation of a navy, English education system and religious revival). His memory looms large in the English Imagination. The medieval 'Life' of King Alfred of Wessex purports to be written by Asser, a monk in the King's service. This account of one of England's best loved and most famous kings has been accepted as offering evidence on most aspects of life in early medieval England and beyond. It was used in Victorian times to create a 'Cult' of Alfred. Alfred Smyth offers a carefully annotated translation of the 'Life' together with a long commentary. He argues that the 'Life' is a forgery which has profound implications not only for our understanding of the early English and medieval past but also for the nature of biography and history. This close scholarly rendering of the text allows the reader access to the intricacies of medieval history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333699171
(235mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alfred P. Smyth
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King Alfred the Great, Hardback (November 1995)
Soldier, statesman and scholar, Alfred the Great is celebrated as one of Britain's most successful and heroic kings. This biography reveals the controversial fact that Asser's "Life of Alfred", hitherto an important source of knowledge about Alfred, may have been a late medieval forgery.
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Basing his work strongly on documentary and archaeological sources, Alfred Smyth covers traditional topics in a thoroughly unconventional manner.
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Author Biography - Alfred P. Smyth
ALFRED SMYTH is Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School, Canterbury Christ Church University College. Formerly Master of Keynes College, University of Kent and Warden of St. George's House, Windsor Castle.
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