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King of England Alfred, the Great

King of England Alfred, the Great[1, 2, 3]

Male 849 - 899  (50 years)

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  • Name Alfred  
    Title King of England 
    Suffix the Great 
    Relationshipwith Kathleen Alice Jones-Rouse
    Born 849  Wantage, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Alfred the Great, Father of the English Navy 
    Occupation 871 to 899 
    King of England 
    • He prevented the Danish conquest of England, defeating them at Edington after a campaign of guerrila warfare. After his victory he allowed the Danes to keep their conquests in Mercia and East Anglia provided that Guthrum, their King, was convert ed to Christianity. Alfred built a navy of Warships to defend the south coast against further Danish invasions and protected Wessex with a chain of fortifications. He took London (886),this gaining control of all England except the Danish areas.
    Stories and Notes Anglo-Saxon king 871–899 who defended England against Danish invasion and founded the first English navy. He succeeded his brother Aethelred to the throne of Wessex in 871, and a new legal code came into force during his reign. He encouraged the translation of scholarly works from Latin (some he translated himself), and promoted the development of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. This ensured that his deeds were recorded in history as legends and we know more about him than any other Anglo Saxon King. 
    Stories and Notes He was superior to all his brothers .. both in wisdom and in all good habits, and furthermore because he was warlike beyond measure and victorious in almost all battles' - Asser's Life of Alfred, 893 AD 
    To Lady Kathleen 29 x great grandfather 
    Died 26 Oct 899  , , England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Winchester Cathedral, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2009  Enchanted Family Tree
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2021 

    Father King of England Aethelwulf,   b. 795,   d. 13 Jan 858  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Queen Consort of Wessex Osburga,   d. 855 
    Married 830 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Divorced 853 
    Divorce 
    Family ID F443  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ealhswith Mucil,   b. 852, Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 905, St. Mary's Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 868  Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Countess of Flanders Aefthryth,   d. 7 Jun 929, , , Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. King of England Edward, the Elder,   b. 869,   d. 17 Jul 925, Farndon-on-Dee, Chester, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     3. Queen of the Mercia Lady Aethelflaed,   b. 869,   d. 918  (Age 49 years)
    +4. Atheistan Saxons,   b. 878
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F952  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 849 - Wantage, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 868 - Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Oct 899 - , , England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Winchester Cathedral, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    King Alfred of England
    King Alfred of England

    Headstones
    Winchester Cathedral
    Winchester Cathedral

  • Notes 
    • Alfred created a series of fortifications to surround his kingdom and provide needed security from invasion. The Anglo-Saxon word for these forts, "burh", 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."

  • Sources 
    1. [S293] The Life of King Alfred, Asser, Bishop of Sherborne, Link (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S206] Britannia.com, Link (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S294] The Ango-Saxon Chronicle, Translator: James Henry Ingram, (Online Link Originally compiled on the orders of King Alfred the Great, approximately A.D. 890).
      THis gives details of many Kings in this line.