Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £33.24

Save £1.75 (5%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England (The Medieval World) by [Abels, Richard]
Kindle App Ad

Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England (The Medieval World) Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£33.24

Length: 392 pages Word Wise: Enabled

Kindle Books from 99p
Load up your Kindle library before your next holiday -- browse over 500 Kindle Books on sale from 99p until 31 August, 2016. Shop now

Product Description

Review

'...based on wide knowledge, and not infrequent reconsideration, of the sources...this is a most useful book'. English Historical Review  'Abels' Alfred is a remarkable man...made believable, intriguing, relevant... this is a book for anyone who enjoys history.' Times Literary Supplement  

From the Back Cover

FRONT OF COVER: Final: 2.4.98


ALFRED THE GREAT
War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England


RICHARD ABELS


THE MEDIEVAL WORLD


SPINE:
ALFRED THE GREAT
ABELS
[colophon]


OUTSIDE TRIM:

Probable price:
Probable publication:


BACK OF COVER:
THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
General Editor: David Bates
Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow
The influence of Alfred - king of Wessex from 871 to 899 - pervades English history. His victories on the battlefield and his administrative innovations not only preserved his native Wessex from viking conquest, but also began the process of political consolidation and unification that would culminate, within a couple of generations, in the creation of the kingdom of England.
Alfred was a great warrior king, and an effective and inventive ruler. But, even more remarkably, he was also a lover of wisdom, who sought to preserve and disseminate Latin learning by translating into English the books most necessary for all men to know . The spiritual and literary renaissance he spearheaded gave rise to a lasting tradition of English vernacular prose and learning.
He himself claimed that what he most desired was to live a worthy life, and to leave to posterity his memory in good works. This is precisely what he accomplished. Few bearers of the sobriquet the Great have so firm a hold on the title: eleven hundred years after his death, his name still resonates, and modern scholarship has not undermined his reputation. Yet that status carries its own dangers: he seems such a modern figure that each generation is tempted to recreate him in its own image. One of the great virtues of Richard Abels s splendid new study of the king, however, is to strip away the varnish of such later interpretations, in order to recover the historical figure - pragmatic, generous, brutal, pious, scholarly - within the context of Alfred s own age.
The book is timely, fresh and authoritative. It is based throughout on the primary sources, but it also presents a judicious assessment of recent scholarship in interpreting the man and his times. It has been written with a student and non-specialist readership in mind, but fellow specialists will find much in it to stimulate and challenge (and many will especially welcome the re-assertion of Asser s life of Alfred as a key contemporary source for the reign, against recent scholarly attack).
Richard Abels s Alfred convinces as a man who combined within himself the complexities and contradictions of his time. But, fascinating though that portrait is, this is more than just a study of an individual, however Great: the book investigates, and illuminates, the whole nature of warfare, culture and kingship in Anglo-Saxon England.
RICHARD ABELS is Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1980 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GXBEZGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #842,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
As an 'A' level meideval history student, i was glad to have found this biography on Alfred. Abels analysis is clear, intellectual and informative. This book can satisfy the historian as well as entertain, interest and inform the general reader about the life and times of Alfred. On the downside, I felt that there was too much room given to non essential/important aspects of Alfred's life such as the lengthy attempt at diagnosis of the illness with which he was struck on his wedding night etc. Others may, however, disagree. On the whole, tough, this is the best biography on Alfred I have used, and I would recomend it to all.
1 Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The subtitle gives us a good insight as to why we bought this book by author Richard Ables.

As the title implies the strength of this book is not that is just dry facts about Alfred's life in a vacuum. We get information on Anglo-Saxon England of that time; also some of the reasons that Alfred did or thought and acted on. Still focusing on Alfred the great we see what his influences were on the politics and the people at the time.

One nice advantage about this book is that it has (quality) footnotes at the end of the page; that way it's easier to read for references and meanings instead of having to dig in the back of the book. If this had been a Kindle with x-ray than that would've been okay however for hard copy it's always easier to have your references near what the referencing. The footnotes themselves are quality and show other people's writings and thoughts on the subject as the subject becomes relevant.

If you're not familiar with the area and the time or even if you are, we are treated to a genealogical table of maps and figures that even though it is in black and white gives us a feel for where the people were and what they were doing at the time.

There is an appendix of the authenticity of Asser's "Life of King Alfred." In this Richard Ables section on Asser's life, he discusses whether Asser's writings are relevant and not a tenth century forgery. "Asser's biography of King Alfred is a source of inestimable value for understanding Alfred and his times."

We also have a section on further reading tells about the sources and gives a little description on why you want to read these writings.

A different view of Alfred and Asser can be found in "King Alfred the Great" by Alfred P. Smyth.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 24 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
I found Abels book interesting and useful in the course of writing essays and note taking but the book falls down on its interpretation of Alfred's military successes against the Vikings. The interpretation of strategy is weak and the author's arguments are strongly contradictory. There were too many occasions where Abels strayed from the point and involved weak secondary arguments to try and back up his primary ones.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent overview of Alfred's life and the historical written records that can be drawn upon in that era. Many different opinions and arguments are put forward and mentioned, and the bibliography is an excellent aid to those starting to study the period upto undergraduate level.

I enjoyed the work, but found the narrative style a little hindering to considering the serious academic points raised. I would have prefered less linear narrative, more in depth discussion in the first half. But I think that this is precisely what will appeal to the newer entrant to the field.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a birthday present for a friend who is fond of British history and had stated that if she could meet a person from history it would be Alfred the great. She is still reading it so must be enjoying herself.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
click to open popover