Save 40% on Law, Psychology & Criminology print and eBooks! Shop the selection >>

The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great

A Translation and Commentary on the Text Attributed to Asser

Authors: Smyth, A.

Free Preview

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-230-28722-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-333-69917-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-40228-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

Very few King's earn the appellation 'Great'. Alfred is the only English King honoured with this name and is credited with various successes (the foundation of a navy, English education system and religious revival). His memory looms large in the English Imagination. The medieval 'Life' of King Alfred of Wessex purports to be written by Asser, a monk in the King's service. This account of one of England's best loved and most famous kings has been accepted as offering evidence on most aspects of life in early medieval England and beyond. It was used in Victorian times to create a 'Cult' of Alfred. Alfred Smyth offers a carefully annotated translation of the 'Life' together with a long commentary. He argues that the 'Life' is a forgery which has profound implications not only for our understanding of the early English and medieval past but also for the nature of biography and history. This close scholarly rendering of the text allows the reader access to the intricacies of medieval history.

About the authors

ALFRED SMYTH is Director of Research and Head of the Graduate School, Canterbury Christ Church University College. Formerly Master of Keynes College, University of Kent and Warden of St. George's House, Windsor Castle.

Reviews

'Alfred Smyth's The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great is a pathbreaking work...a sophisticated introduction and study of the entire field of Alfredian biography, ancient and modern...The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great also serves as an excellent introduction to the text of the Life itself and to the controversies surrounding its creation and history.' - Professor Daniel Melia, University of California, Berkeley

'Alfred Smyth's new translation and commentary challenges consensus opinion at every level...an extensive commentary relates the Life to the new and still-developing awareness of historical writing in the late Anglo-Saxon period...Smyth's text asks new questions and provides new answers, offering a more complex account of the origins of England, and of English History, than has been possible to date.' - Tom Shippey, Saint Louis University, Missouri

'...this translation...is useful for presenting a version without many of the previous editorial emendations...' - J.L. Leland, Choice

Reviews from previous book:

'Smyth's book, then, must stand as the definitive account of the reign.' - Peter Ackroyd, The Times

'This is a glorious book. It rescues a great English ruler from some of the more obtuse concepts and prejudices of our own time, and builds more carefully on ninth-century foundations than any other biography yet published.' - Eric Christiansen, The Spectator


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-230-28722-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-333-69917-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-40228-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

Services for this book

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Medieval Life of King Alfred the Great
Book Subtitle
A Translation and Commentary on the Text Attributed to Asser
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Alfred P. Smyth
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-28722-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230287228
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-69917-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-40228-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 280
Topics