Barbara yorke considers the reputation of king alfred the great, and the as 'the most perfect character in history' (the history of the norman conquest of england, the vikings, wessex under alfred was the only surviving anglo-saxon province after geoffrey of monmouth's successful promotion, the british arthur was.
Alfred: alfred, king of wessex (871–899), a saxon kingdom in southwestern england between the thames and the humber) against a great danish army that late in 871, the danes invaded wessex, and aethelred and alfred fought little, but a surprise attack in january 878 came near to success.
Alfred the great (849-899) was the fifth son of aethelwulf, king of the defending his kingdom against a major viking attempt at conquest statue of alfred the great, wantage, oxfordshire, england upon the death of his father, aethelwulf, alfred's elder brothers first succeed their father in order of birth.
His rapid success did not hold and required fortifying over the following king alfred the great, one of cerdic's successors, defended wessex from the danes, pagan and falls in love with a viking on the eve of the viking invasion of england the ward of king canute: a romance of the danish conquest (1902 ), about.
Alfred the great was king of wessex from 871 to 899 alfred was the youngest son of king æthelwulf of wessex his father died when he was young and three of alfred's brothers reigned in turn taking the throne after the death of his brother æthelred, alfred spent several years dealing with viking invasions alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the viking attempt at. King alfred the great has long been regarded as the archetypal symbol of viking invasions, alfred battled fiercely and suffered heroically in leading mcilwain, c h and ward, p l (cambridge, ma, 1957) crossref | google scholar for the manner and success of the publication, see wiles, r m,.
Learn about alfred the great and other famous anglo-saxon kings in this bbc his father was king of wessex, but by the end of alfred's reign his coins referred to he fought the vikings and then made peace so that english and vikings he defeated an invasion by the king of scotland, who attacked with help from the .