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Alfred King of England, [The Great]

Alfred King of England, [The Great]

Male 849 - 901  (52 years)

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  • Name Alfred King of England 
    Suffix [The Great] 
    Born 849  Wantage, Berks, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Oct 901  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptized (LDS) 23 Jul 1923 
    Endowed (LDS) 15 Apr 1924 
    Notes 
    • !Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America (973 D2ah) Vol. 2

      !King of the West Saxons (871-99), and one of the outstanding figures of Englis History. Born in Wantage in Southern England, Alfred was the youngest of five sons of King Ethelwulf. On the death of his brother Ethelred, Alfred became king, coming to the throne during a Danish invasion. Although he succeeded in making peace with the Danes, they resumed their marauding expeditions five year later, and by early 878 they were successful almost everywhere. About Easter o 878, however, Alfred established himself at Athelney and began assembling an army. In the middle of that year he defeated the Danes and captured their stronghold, probably at present-day Edington. For the next 14 years Alfred was able to devote himself to the internal affairs of his kingdom. By 886 he had captured the city of London, and soon afterward he was recognized as the king o all England.
      In 893 the Danes invaded England again, and the following four years were marked by warfare; eventually, the Danes were forced to withdraw from Alfred's domain. The only ruler to resist Danish invasions successfully, Alfred made hi kingdom the rallying point for all Saxons, thus laying the foundation for the unification of England.
      Alfred was a patron of learning and did much for the education of his people
      He established a court-school and invited British and foreign scholars, notabl the Welsh monk Asser (d. 909?) and the Irish-born philosopher and theologian John Scotus Erigena, to come there. Alfred translated such works as the Consolation of Philosophy by the Roman statesman and philosopher Boethius, The History of the World by the Spanish priest Paulus Orosius (fl. 5th Cent), and Passtoral Care by Pope Gregory I. Alfred's laws, the first promulgated in more than a century, were the first that made no distinction between the English and the Welsh peoples.
      He was wore himself out in the service of his people, the oft-quoted words he added to one of his book translations: "MY WISH WAS TO LIVE WORTHILY AS LONG AS I LIVE, AND AFTER MY LIFE TO LEAVE THEM THAT SHOULD COME AFTER, MY MEMORY OF GOOD WORKS."; a fitting epitaph to this noble King.

      !Royal Ancestors of Some LDS Families by Michel L. Call.

      Ancestry and Progentry of Captain James Blount - Immigrant, by Robert F. Pfafman, p E-35.
    Person ID I4670  Lythgoe-Donaldson
    Last Modified 5 Oct 1999 

    Father Ethelwulf King of Wessex,   b. Abt 806, Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 858, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Mother Osburh (Osburga) Queen of Wessex,   b. Abt 810, of, Wessex, , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 837 
    Sealed P (LDS) 22 May 1935 
    Family ID F2204  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ealhswith (Alswitha) Queen of England, [Lady],   b. Abt 852, of, Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 905  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 868 
    Children 
    +1. Ethelfled Princess of England, [Lady/Mercians],   b. Abt 869, , Wessex, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 918, St Peters Church, , Gloucester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    +2. Edward I King of England, [The Elder],   b. Abt 871, , Wessex, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 924, Farrington, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
    +3. Ethelgiva (Edgina) (Ethelgifu), [Prs/England],   b. Abt 875, Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Elfridam (Elstrude) (Aethelryth), [Cts/Flanders],   b. Abt 877, , Wessex, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 7 Jun 929  (Age ~ 52 years)
    Family ID F2119  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 849 - Wantage, Berks, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Oct 901 - England Link to Google Earth
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