|Statement||By J. Loring Arnold.|
|LC Classifications||DA153 .A76|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||1 p. l, viii, 93 p., 1 l.|
|Number of Pages||93|
|LC Control Number||02017643|
Frantzen remarks in his recent book King Alfred that "neither the epilogue nor the metrical prologue to Alfred's translation [of Gregory's Pastoral Care] has been adequately studied" (39). This goes for all of Alfred's poetry. Though the canon of his works has now been established (Frantzen et passim), Alfred is. While "King Alfred's English" is not a book of serious scholarship (nor is this its purpose) it is a fun (and at times funny) and easy to read introduction to a topic that is often overlooked in the examination of our heritage––namely, the history of the English language. As a couple of the critical reviews have pointed out, the author may /5(55). Posterity remembers Alfred the Great, King of the Britons (r) primarily for his military expertise and leadership, which led to his successful expulsion of the Danes from mainland England through a series of campaigns that lasted from his assumption of the . King Alfred was the interpreter of this book, and turned it from book Latin into English, as it is now done. Now he set forth word by word, now sense from sense, as clearly and intelligently as he was able, in the various and manifold worldly cares that oft troubled him both in mind and in body.
When he came home, his mother promised a book of English poetry to the first of her sons who could read it to her. With the help of his tutor, Alfred memorised the book so he could recite it by. King Alfred is the only king in English history to be deemed worthy of the title of ’the Great’. There are reasons for that and these reasons lie not only in his campaigns against the Vikings and the establishing of the navy but also much deeper, in the reforms Alfred passed in his lands that enabled the populace to educate themselves. The King Alfred Lecture 25 October Sponsored by the English Project and Hyde The First King’s English. King Alfred generally called himself ‘the king of the Angles and of the Saxons’, but one of his pennies carried the inscription ‘Rex Anglo’, so it might be that King Alfred could be called the first King of England. Alfred the Great (/9 – 26 October ) was king of the West Saxons from to c. and king of the Anglo-Saxons from c. to He was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of father died when he was young. Three of Alfred's brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht and Æthelred, reigned in turn before him. After ascending the throne, Alfred spent several years fighting Viking Born: –49, Wantage, Berkshire.
The POETRY & DRAMA collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. The books reflect the complex and changing role of literature in society, ranging from Bardic poetry to Victorian verse. Containing many classic works from important dramatists and poets, this collectio. Tars is one of those daring exploits that make "the boldest hold their breath for a time." An epic upon King Alfred, in forty-eight books and six octavo volumes; and the poem yet unfinished! From the preface by Mr. ROSCOE, the editor, it appears that the book is posthumous. Mr. Alfred, alone of Anglo-Saxon kings, inspired a full-length biography, written in , by the Welsh scholar work contains much valuable information, and it reveals that Alfred laboured throughout under the burden of recurrent, painful illness; and beneath Asser’s rhetoric can be seen a man of attractive character, full of compassion, able to inspire affection, and intensely. Our understanding of the literary achievements of King Alfred depend very much upon what we believe about his early education. If we are content to accept the stories of Asser, the famous biographer of Alfred, that he reached his twelfth birthday before he learned to read (Keynes 75), then we must reckon his literary career as a phenomenon which can only be described, not explained.