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Burning Cakes and a Welsh Dimension

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses the story of how King Alfred burned the cakes which is told by the author of the earliest Life of St Neot who wrote probably in the 11th century. It stresses that the major ... More


From Obscurity to Precarious Kingship

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter conducts a preliminary survey of Alfred's career to assess Asser's Life of King Alfred before proceeding to an integrated view of the achievements of Alfred the Great. It notes that more ... More


King Alfred’s Books: Most Necessary for All Men to Know?

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0018
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses the list of original works from the hand of King Alfred as well as translations of Latin writers from Late Antiquity. It begins with the king's own comments on his writings and ... More


King Alfre’s Witan: Kingmakers and Wise Men in the Council of a King

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0016
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses the King Alfred's Witan who are royal councillors that possesses the power to depose kings; who help to decide on the crucial business of making war, and who help kings to ... More


At His Mother’s Knee: Tall Tales of Childhood

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses the literary plan adopted by King Alfred's biographer which has been recognized by scholars as far apart in their views as Wright and Stevenson to consist of blocks of ... More


The Genuine Alfred: Pathways through the Mind of a King

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0019
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter describes King Alfred not only a patron of learning, but a scholarly writer as well, and through his writings — or those writings which have been attributed to him — it would seem to ... More


Kins Alfred’s Will: A Disputed Inheritance

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0015
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses King Alfred's Will which is the earliest royal Will to survive in its entirety from the Anglo-Saxon world. It notes that its importance for the historian can scarcely be ... More


A Forger Observed

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter conducts a study of Byrhtferth of Ramsey's working methods and handling of historical sources to shed light on how the Life of King Alfred is constructed. It notes that the Pseudo-Asser ... More


The Alfredian Project and its Aftermath: Rethinking the Literary History of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries: Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture

MALCOLM GODDEN

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264584
eISBN:
9780191734069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264584.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture presents the text of the speech about the Alfredian project and its aftermath delivered by the author at the 2008 Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture held at the British Academy. It ... More


Neurotic Saint and Invalid King

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter examines the contribution to knowledge about the private life and personality of King Alfred made by the author of Life, which is in conflict with much of what is known about Alfred from ... More


Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures

Ron Johnston (ed.)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264584
eISBN:
9780191734069
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264584.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This volume contains ten lectures in the humanities and social sciences delivered at the British Academy in 2008. The lectures cover topics ranging from an exploration of the relationship between ... More


The Gathering Storm 872–875

Alfred P. Smyth

in King Alfred the Great

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229896
eISBN:
9780191678936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229896.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This chapter discusses the Danish invasion of England. It reports that Danish arrangements for the government of Mercia are described in the Chronicle some fifteen years or more after they occurred. ... More


Under Correction: Epic Conscripted 1800–1805

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter assesses the correction that was imposed around 1800 on the 1790s epic explosion by British national mobilization for war and suppression of dissent. A host of orthodox martial epics ... More


The Oxford History of the Laws of England: 871-1216

John Hudson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198260301
eISBN:
9780191740640
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260301.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This volume, in the Oxford History of the Laws of England series, spans three centuries that encompassed the tumultuous years of the Norman conquest, and during which the common law as we know it ... More


Kings and Law

John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England: 871-1216

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198260301
eISBN:
9780191740640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260301.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Legal History, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The history of the laws of England begins before England was a political entity. King Alfred defeated the Danes who were invading his kingdom of Wessex in the last decades of the ninth century. In ... More


Asser's Life of Alfred

James Campbell

in The Inheritance of Historiography 350–900

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780859892728
eISBN:
9781781380796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859892728.003.0010
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter explores Asser's historical work called The Life of King Alfred and looks at its link to the Carolingan tradition of historiography. It explains that there was a relationship between ... More


Invasion, Explanation, and Responsibility in Anglo-Saxon England

Emily A. Winkler

in Royal Responsibility in Anglo-Norman Historical Writing

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198812388
eISBN:
9780191850257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812388.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Historiography

Chapter 3 begins by providing an overview of the key events of eleventh-century England, to serve as a guide for comparing and evaluating both contemporary and twelfth-century retellings of this ... More


Alfred’s Chronicle and the First Continuations

Pauline Stafford

in After Alfred: Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and Chroniclers, 900-1150

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198859642
eISBN:
9780191891991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198859642.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Political History

This chapter considers the vernacular chronicle produced at the court of King Alfred, its story, and its late-ninth-century evolution. It argues that this story was both dynastic history and a wider ... More


‘Hunting Down the Words’: Classical Translator Statements from Catullus to Arthur Golding

Josephine Balmer

in Piecing Together the Fragments: Translating Classical Verse, Creating Contemporary Poetry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199585090
eISBN:
9780191747519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585090.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter considers how, as the role of the translator as writer moves increasingly to the fore, the personal statements of translators are beginning to be viewed as an integral part of literary ... More


Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae

Ian Cornelius

in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800–1558

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199587230
eISBN:
9780191820410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Written on the cusp of antiquity and the Middle Ages, Boethius' treatise De consolatione philosophiae was among the most influential works in the literary culture of medieval Europe. This chapter ... More


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