Alfred the Great: The Truth Teller, Maker of England, 848-899

Alfred the Great: The Truth Teller, Maker of England, 848-899

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Alfred the Great: The Truth Teller, Maker of England, 848-899

Alfred the Great: The Truth Teller, Maker of England, 848-899

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The justification for adding to the long list of biographies of King Alfred the Great lies in the abiding charm and permanent importance of the subject. No statesman of the past has a better claim to be included in a list of Heroes of the Nations. His life and work have been studied by scholars of many generations. But the subject is still unexhausted and recent years have made considerable additions to our knowledge of it. When, as in the case of the ninth century, contemporary sources are scanty, and of doubtful interpretation, it is specially needful to keep up with the advance of historical and literary research. Modern scholars, notably Professor Liebermann, Mr. Plummer, and Mr. Stevenson, have illuminated many dark places, but it still remains to bring together the chief results of their labours, in a compact and coherent form. This is what I have attempted in the present work. At the same time it is based directly on such original authorities as are available for the period, and, in particular, on Alfred's own writings.

The principal authorities, contemporary and secondary, which I have most frequently used in writing this book, are indicated in the Bibliography.

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