248 – The Death of Alfred the Great

By 897, everything Alfred had known…. changed. He was barely in his 20s when he took the throne and he hadn’t had a chance to stop for a breath for the decades that followed.

He had been king for over half of his life, and in those years he’d proven himself to be an energetic and inventive king. Wessex under his rule had been transformed. Defensive structures, public infrastructure, educational reforms, legal reforms, military reforms, and even the creation of a written history. He had even changed the concept of Kingship within the Anglo Saxon territories. Under Alfred, the entire Realm from the very top (and the concepts of what makes a noble, with everything from their powers to their obligations to scholarship) all the way to the bottom (with the duties of the peasants and the organization of their lives)… all of it had been molded to fit his vision. And even though it had been a difficult task, even though he had even lost his kingdom for a time (quite likely due to a coup)… in the end, he got what he wanted.

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  1. I’m glad to hear you touch on Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians but any chance of a whole post or special feature just about her? We know so little about so many women of this time, it would be a shame to gloss over one we actually know something about. And it would be in keeping with your treatment of Judith and Boudica to spotlight another strong, unusual woman. :) Pretty please…

  2. I’ve just finished listening to this episode and I felt as if a characterod of my favorite TV show had just died. I got so fond of this character which I had only known through myths and now I truly find a great man in him although I’m quite against that idea of “great men”. No tears, but sadness got over me when the song came in. You’re truly an excellent narrator!

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