Alfred the great (david hemmings) changes his plans to becomes a priest and aspires to political greatness when the invading danes kidnap his wife aelthswith (prunella ransome), he goes to battle. The reign of king alfred the great (871-99) is among the most stirring periods of english history 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. Alfred the great game 490 likes alfred the great :the great heathen army 871ad is the first in a series of wargames based on the indomitable king alfred.
Alfred's towns alfred was an innovator and a thinker, as well as a successful warrior he began a policy encouraging the formation of fortified towns, or burhs, throughout his lands, such that no place in wessex was more than 20 miles from a town. Ancient origins articles related to alfred the great in the sections of history, archaeology, human origins, unexplained, artifacts, ancient places and myths and legends. Alfred the great introduction: alfred the great was the king of wessex, an anglo-saxon kingdom in southwestern englandhe is one of the only two english kings who were given the appellation 'great.
Leader of the danish army who was captured by alfred's army, became a christian. Alfred the great's major achievement, and the one for which he recieved his honorific title, was to lead the anglo-saxon peoples of wessex and other kingdoms in a series of campaigns against. Born at wantage, berkshire, in 849, alfred was the fifth son of aethelwulf, king of the west saxons at their father's behest and by mutual agreement, alfred's elder brothers succeeded to the kingship in turn, rather than endanger the kingdom by passing it to under-age children at a time when the. Æthelflæd, eldest daughter of alfred 'the great', has gone down in history as an enigmatic and almost legendary figure to the popular imagination, she is the archetypal warrior queen, a medieval boudicca, renowned for her heroic struggle against the danes and independent rule of the saxon kingdom of mercia. Alfred the great was traditionally regarded as the founder of the british navy this is an exaggeration, but he did appreciate the need to defeat the danes at sea alfred ordered the construction of larger, stronger ships, hired experienced frisian sailors, and defeated the danes in at least two naval battles.
Alfred the great was the king of the southern anglo-saxon kingdom of wessex from 871 to 899 he was born as the fifth son of aethelwulf, king of the west saxons, and since he had four elder brothers, initially it seemed unlikely that alfred would ever become the king. Ælfrēd or alfred the great (849-16 october 899), king of wessex from 871 to 899, was responsible for turning back the danish invasion of wessex and for promoting a revival of education, scholarship, law and administration. Alfred the great synonyms, alfred the great pronunciation, alfred the great translation, english dictionary definition of alfred the great n 849-99, king of wessex and overlord of england, who defeated the danes and encouraged learning and writing in english n ad 849-899, king of the west.
Alfred was a great leader in battle, but he might have been an even better leader during peacetime once peace had been established with the vikings, alfred went about rebuilding his kingdom with so much focus on fighting off the vikings, the educational system of england had almost disappeared. Overview of alfred the great, 1969, directed by clive donner, with david hemmings, michael york, prunella ransome, at turner classic movies. Alfred the great is a wonderful book about the late ninth century king who saved wessex (the last standing anglo-saxon kingdom in britain) from viking rule although a history, it reads like a novel it is spellbinding. Alfred the great 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 he is one of only two english monarchs to be given the epithet the great, the other being the scandinavian cnut the great.
Alfred was a devoted christian and a learned man, who encouraged education, codified england's laws, and promoted literacy and learning at a time when many among the nobility had little time for these pursuits. Alfred the great alfred is the only english king to be call the great he was the king to stop the viking from taking england before him england was a lot small chieftains he made it a kingdom these movie was made before computer so the action was real. Introduction to alfred the great: alfred the great was the greatest king produced by wessex and england alfred ruled wessex from 971 to 901 ad though the area of his rule was small in contrast to that of latter english kings, it was alfred who set the foundation of the british empire.