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The Making of Angelcynn: English Identity Before the Norman Conquest1

Sarah Foot (ed.)

in Old English Literature: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300091397
eISBN:
9780300129113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

This chapter examines the role of Alfred the Great, king of the West-Saxons, in the forging of a national identity around the concept of a specifically “English” nation. It explains that Alfred's ... More


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