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This comprehensive collection includes  Asser''s Life of Alfred, extracts from  The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and Alfred''s own writings, laws, and will.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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As king of Wessex, he strove to emulate those kings of the past who, in his own words, had ''succeeded both in warfare and in wisdom''. He led the battle against the Viking invaders of England, and presided over the revival of religion and learning among his people: his reputation is a measure of his success.

About the Author

Little is known of Asser beyond this work.

Simon Keynes is Reader in Anglo-Saxon History at Cambridge University. He is the author of The Diplomas of King Aethelred ''the Unready'' and of numerous articles on Anglo-Saxon history.

Michael Lapidge is Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Clare College. He has translated the Latin writings of Aldhelm and is the author of numerous books on Latin literature.

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Dee ArrTop Contributor: Harry Potter
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More than Just Another Reference Book
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
I’ve recently read a couple of fiction books (as well as binge-watched “The Last Kingdom” on Netflix), so I reasoned it was time to find out the actual story concerning the English king that people kept writing about. I am happy that my search caused me to find this... See more
I’ve recently read a couple of fiction books (as well as binge-watched “The Last Kingdom” on Netflix), so I reasoned it was time to find out the actual story concerning the English king that people kept writing about. I am happy that my search caused me to find this book.

The subtitle “Asser’s Life of King Alfred and other contemporary sources” is a great description of this book. Along with Asser’s biography of King Alfred (and an incredibly extensive amount of footnotes) there are also translations of religious and philosophical books. All of them – for different reasons – serve to add another layer of information about King Alfred, and the author shares a wealth of knowledge with the readers.

While interesting, it is not what I would call a historical page-turner. Don’t count on reading this in one or two sittings. Do count on an interesting picture of a historical figure who lived over 1000 years ago (written history by a contemporary from that long ago was enough to convince me to read the book). Very professional presentation. Five stars.
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A Saint Very Much for Our Time
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020
If you feel besieged, read the life of Alfred the Great.
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Christopher R. Travers
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Nicely done sourcebook about Alfred the Great
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2009
Alfred the Great is most popularly known as the king who burned the cakes. However, he was also the king who saved England from being entirely overrun by the Vikings, and he laid the groundwork for his daughter''s campaigns which conquered the Viking settlements and... See more
Alfred the Great is most popularly known as the king who burned the cakes. However, he was also the king who saved England from being entirely overrun by the Vikings, and he laid the groundwork for his daughter''s campaigns which conquered the Viking settlements and territory in England. This book provides a great deal of insight on his life and accomplishments.

This book contains an extensive introduction which is substantially longer than any of the sources provided in the book, as well as the key contemporary sources regarding the life of Alfred the Great. These sources include the biography written of him by Bishop Asser, the relevant portions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, translation of key religious works translated into Old English by Alfred the Great himself, and finally various legal documents authored by him.

The book also includes an appendix which examines the authenticity of the cake-burning story among other things, and extensive end-notes that make up approximately half of the volume.

All in all, this is a well put together sourcebook regarding the life of what was arguably England''s greatest king. Highly recommended.
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Phillip Parotti
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Excellent well edited history
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
This volume contains Asser''s biography of Alfred the Great along with a generous and interesting selection of supporting materials.
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Steven Harder
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Worthwhile
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2016
It comprises mostly primary sources that were never intended to be entertaining or "literary", per se, but it moves quickly and provides plenty of food for thought.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
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For a class in Early Middle Ages: the Anglo-Saxons
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2014
This book is a "primary source" that is essential reading for a study of the Anglo-Saxons. He was such a pivotal figure in the formation of England as we know it today.
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great stuff I love history primary documents If you''re interested ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2014
great stuff I love history primary documents If you''re interested in the English language, culture, history and so on, read this
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Grumpy Historian
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Not such ''dark ages''......
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2015
This book is a valuable and fascinating resource shedding light on the life and career on King Alfred of Wessex, who became known (in my opinion deservedly so) in later centuries as ‘The Great’. In the simplest level the main body of the book is simple an account of...See more
This book is a valuable and fascinating resource shedding light on the life and career on King Alfred of Wessex, who became known (in my opinion deservedly so) in later centuries as ‘The Great’. In the simplest level the main body of the book is simple an account of Alfred’s reign, written by the Welsh monk, Asser. Admittedly, his work was bound to be partisan and designed to make Alfred look good, and the cynical may claim that this renders in unreliable. Yet there may be found insights into the source of Alfred’s greatness. More than simply a warlord fighting against the Vikings, Alfred took steps to restore learning and education. The learning and application of wisdom’ seems to have been a subject close to Alfred’s heart, and though he himself did not learn to read until his later years, he seems to have established a school of sorts. Since the decline of the learning in England is lamented in the preface to the translation of Gregory’s Pastoral Care, this particular foundation may have been considered particularly important. The ‘other contemporary sources’ mentioned in the title include extracts from some of Alfred’s own translations’ of important works, including Boethius Consolation of Philosophy. There are some profound thoughts here, on life, leadership, philosophy and religion. ‘Wisdom is the highest virtue’ says Alfred’s translation of the work ‘one is caution, the second moderation the third courage and the fourth justice’. The King did take some liberties with his ‘translations’ sometimes inserting ideas of his own (one passage in the Boethius translation hints at the idea of the ‘three estates’ for instance. Some may challenge the notion that medieval religion was based on ‘blind faith’ with not room for rational inquiry “Therefore we must investigate God with all out might, so that we might know what He is. Although it is not within our capacity to know what He is like, we ought nevertheless to inquire with the intellectual capacity which he gives us” Or as in a passage from Augustine ‘He rules the Kings who have the greatest dominion on this earth, who are born and die like other men. He permits then to rule as long as He wills it’. Another translation reveals perhaps something of Alfred’s concerns, priorities and interests. Pastoral Care written by the seventh century Pope Gregory contains several short ‘chapters’, entitled respectively ‘Concerning the Burden of Government, and how the ruler must despise all hardships and must recoil from all sense or security’ and ‘How the administration of Government often distracts the mind of the ruler’. The latter warns against a ruler may becoming ‘puffed up’ by his achievements and his people’s praising of them. The preface speaks of how rulers of old ‘obeyed God and his messages’ and maintained not only peace but ‘morality and authority’ and home and in the places to which they extended their power, and ‘succeeded both in warfare and in wisdom’. Perhaps these were idealistic and naive expectations, rarely met, if indeed it was possible to do so. Yet it may be tempting to think they could be relevant to any age. Alongside translations, there are extracts from the King’s laws, in his capacity as a lawgiver, and even a mention in the main Life of his having possibly developed a more efficient way of measuring time. The Life of Alfred and other Contemporary Sources is a great start for learning of Alfred, and perhaps even understanding him in spite of the separation of over a millennium. Those interested in more academic analysis could of course read more, not that it is entirely lacking here. The notes are quite extensive. The two editors cum translators are also Cambridge scholars, who both worked on The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo Saxon England. Thus they are not historians out of their depth in an unfamiliar period, or enthusiastic laymen, but scholars who know their stuff, yet succeed in making it accessible- at least in my opinion.
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Andrew Cornish
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Great book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2020
Loved it.
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Hard work
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Very difficult to get into. Poor writing.
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Have not fully read it but it very interesting great backup to Bernard Cornwells Last Kingdom series where Asser ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2017
Have not fully read it but it very interesting great backup to Bernard Cornwells Last Kingdom series where Asser is mentioned frequently
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