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, 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”.

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Royal Family Tree (849-2012) | Click on picture to go to its site. Then use your mouse to highlight anyone you wish to know more about. This is a great help for research.

Royal Family Tree (849-2012) | Click on picture to go to its site. Then use your mouse to highlight anyone you wish to know more about. This is a great help for research.

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Alfred The Great, King of Wessex AD 871. He was a remarkable and pious man who brought a new order to the Kingdom following his defeat of the Danes. His son built New Minster at Winchester as a family mausoleum to house his tomb.

Alfred The Great, King of Wessex AD 871. He was a remarkable and pious man who brought a new order to the Kingdom following his defeat of the Danes. His son built New Minster at Winchester as a family mausoleum to house his tomb.

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Alfred the Great.  Enough said. Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/22/Statue_d%27Alfred_le_Grand_%25C3%25A0_Winchester.jpg/220px-Statue_d%27Alfred_le_Grand_%25C3%25A0_Winchester.jpg

Alfred the Great. Enough said. Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/22/Statue_d%27Alfred_le_Grand_%25C3%25A0_Winchester.jpg/220px-Statue_d%27Alfred_le_Grand_%25C3%25A0_Winchester.jpg

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British Isles at the time of Alfred the Great. Parts of Romanized England were Christianized since Apostolic times.

British Isles at the time of Alfred the Great. Parts of Romanized England were Christianized since Apostolic times.

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Bones that could belong to King Alfred the Great have been exhumed from a churchyard over fears that they might be stolen or vandalised

Bones that could belong to King Alfred the Great have been exhumed from a churchyard over fears that they might be stolen or vandalised

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.

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.

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The Alfred Jewel is a Anglo-Saxon ornament made of enamel and quartz enclosed in gold that was discovered in 1693. It has been dated from the late 9th century. It was made in the reign of Alfred the Great and is inscribed "aelfred mec heht gewyrcan", meaning 'Alfred ordered me made'.Ca.  900 A.D. Medieval.

The Alfred Jewel is a Anglo-Saxon ornament made of enamel and quartz enclosed in gold that was discovered in 1693. It has been dated from the late 9th century. It was made in the reign of Alfred the Great and is inscribed "aelfred mec heht gewyrcan", meaning 'Alfred ordered me made'.Ca. 900 A.D. Medieval.

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Silver penny of Alfred the Great.  Anglo-Saxon, AD 871-99. Kingdom of Wessex, southern England.

Silver penny of Alfred the Great. Anglo-Saxon, AD 871-99. Kingdom of Wessex, southern England.

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