Alfred the Great: Papers from the Eleventh-Centenary Conferences (Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland)

Alfred the Great: Papers from the Eleventh-Centenary Conferences (Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland)

By: Timothy Reuter (editor), Dr. Roy Flechner (series_editor), Dr. Joanna Story (series_editor), Professor Nicholas Brooks (series_editor)Hardback

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1999 marked the eleven-hundredth anniversary of the death of Alfred the Great, and to mark this event, two international conferences were held to re-evaluate and contextualise Alfred's achievements and the developments of his reign. This volume includes papers given at both events and provides substantial assessments, by leading scholars, of issues of source-criticism, of the large corpus of Old English literature associated with Alfred and of developments in government and society in late ninth-century England. It also explores how Alfred and his kingdom related to the wider geo-political and cultural situation in the British isles and continental Europe, and closes with a substantial survey of the uses and shifts in Alfred's reputation in the centuries following his death. This substantial and wide ranging volume will become a standard reference work for anyone interested in Old English literature or Anglo-Saxon history, and will set the pattern of future scholarly debate.

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Timothy Reuter, formerly University of Southampton, UK James Campbell, Michael Lapidge, David Howlett, Susan Irvine, Leslie Webster, Janet Bately, Allen J. Frantzen, Malcolm Godden, Nicholas Brooks, Simon Keynes, Mark Blackburn, David Hill, Derek Keene, Pauline Stafford, Richard Abels, Edwin Gifford, Joyce Gifford, Janet L. Nelson, Anton Scharer, Wendy Davies, Jonathan Shepard, Barbara Yorke.


Contents: Foreword; Introduction: Placing King Alfred, James Campbell; The sources: Asser's reading, Michael Lapidge; A+lfredian arithmetic, Asserian architectonics, David Howlett; The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the idea of Rome in Alfredian literature, Susan Irvine; A+dificia nova: treasures of Alfred's reign, Leslie Webster; Alfredian literature: The Alfredian canon revisited: a hundred years on, Janet Bately; The form and function of the preface in the poetry and prose of Alfred's reign, Allen J. Frantzen; The player king: identification and self-representation in King Alfred's writings, Malcolm Godden; Alfredian government and society: Alfredian government: the west Saxon inheritance, Nicholas Brooks; The power of the written word: Alfredian England 871-899, Simon Keynes; Alfred's coinage reforms in context, Mark Blackburn; The origin of Alfred's urban policies, David Hill; Alfred and London, Derek Keene; Succession and inheritance: a gendered perspective on Alfred's family history, Pauline Stafford; What 'Great heathen army'? Alfred the Great, the Micel HA|A en Here and the Viking threat, Richard Abels; Alfred's new longships, Edwin and Joyce Gifford; Alfred and contemporary rulership: Alfred's Carolingian contemporaries, Janet L. Nelson; Alfred the Great and Arnulf of Carinthia: a comparison, Anton Scharer; Alfred's contemporaries: Irish, Welsh, Scots and Breton, Wendy Davies; The ruler as instructor, pastor and wise: Leo VI of Byzantium and Symeon of Bulgaria, Jonathan Shepard; Alfred as icon: Alfredism: the use and abuse of King Alfred's reputation in later centuries, Barbara Yorke.

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  • publication date: 28/07/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780754609575
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 404
  • ID: 9780754609575
  • weight: 725
  • ISBN10: 075460957X

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