Alfred the Great, was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred is noted for his defence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of southern England against the Vikings, becoming the only English king to be accorded the epithet “the Great”. Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself “King of the Anglo-Saxons”.
Alfred the Great, King of the Anglo-Saxons. (849 – 26 October 899) (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, "elf counsel") was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England.
London's oldest statue, c. 1372: This is King Alfred the Great (871-899) in Trinity Church Square, Southwark. The statue was moved to the Square from Westminster Hall in 1822. King Alfred united England, founded St Paul’s, rebuilt London’s walls and drove off the Vikings.
The Last Will and Testament of Alfred the Great Alfred the Great (871-899) and Eadred (946-955) are the only Anglo-Saxon kings whose wills have survived to the present day, both of which are found in the same manuscript, British Library Additional MS 82931, known as the Liber de Hyda. image: Opening page
Alfred the Great, King of Wessex - Amid the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey is a recreation of a medieval herb garden, and in the centre of this, surveying the whole site, is a striking bronze statue of Alfred the Great, founder of the Abbey and King of Wessex from 871 to 899. **