Smyth, Alfred P. King Alfred the Great

ISBN 13: 9780198229896

King Alfred the Great

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This is certainly a compelling thesis (and, for specialists, a riveting read) ... ( Sunday Telegraph)

...monumental and polemical biography...Smyth's dismissal of Asser allows him to present a more convincing picture of an early medieval king...Smyth's detailed and pugnaciously argued book shows a conception of scholarship as a battlefield similar to the "killing grounds" of the Viking wars. ( The Guardian)

helpful scholarly references abound...Sturdy writes interestingly on the whole notion of the heroic age... ( Antonia Fraser, The Sunday Times)

...elaborate and impressive study...It provides a most interesting account of academic scholarship...Smyth does manage to grasp the elusive figure of the real King named Alfred. This is in every sense a magisterial work, with some 600 pages of detailed and clearly arfued narrative. ( The Times)

a formidable work ( London Review of Books)

This substantial piece of scholarship challenges traditional academic wisdom surrounding the ninth century king of Wessex whose achievements changed the course of English history prior to the Norman Conquest...the Alfred who emerges is a man of genuine piety, extraordinary intellectual and emotional resilience, as well as great physical stamina. Throughout, Smyth remains in serene command of both his complex sources and of the English language...essential reading for students of Alfredian and early medieval England ( Kirkus Reviews)

engrossing...medieval scholars and amateurs with a love of English history will find much here to inspire them. ( Booklist)

A major study of the life and achievements of Alfred ... Controversial, extremely detailed, very interesting. ( The Medieval World)

The key part of his work is an elaborate argument to show that the contemporary Life of Alfred, attributed to Asser, is a forgery, worthless as evidence for the King and the events of his reign.....The case is argued in grreat detail, and deserves more thorough consideration than can be given in a brief review. ( Times Literary Supplement)

There are excellent reconstructions of Alfred's wars with the Vikings, taking into account insights provided by contemporary Frankish annals ... anyone already familiar with the reign of Alfred is going to find many of their preconceptions challenged and that is no bad thing. ( Barbara Yorke, History Today)

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"Medieval scholars and amateurs with a love of English history will find much here to inspire and delight them."--Booklist


"This substantial piece of scholarship challenges traditional academic wisdom surrounding the ninth century king of Wessex whose achievements changed the course of English history prior to the Norman Conquest.... The Alfred who emerges is a man of genuine piety, extraordinary intellectual and emotional resilience, as well as great physical stamina. Throughout, Smyth remains in serene command of both his complex sources and of the English language."--Kirkus Reviews


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Smyth, Alfred P.
Verlag: Oxford University Press (1995)
ISBN 10: 0198229895 ISBN 13: 9780198229896
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Buchbeschreibung Oxford University Press, 1995. 1st edition.. Cloth, dj, VG/VG. xxvi+744pp, 32pp b/w plates, 13 text figs, 11 b/w maps, index, edges of the dustjacket very slightly bumped, otherwise a fine copy. Biography of King Alfred which looks in detail at the life of Alfred written by Asser, Alfred's tutor. Also includes a study of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, The writtings of King Alfred & his military & political legacy. 1400 grams. Artikel-Nr. 42303

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