Alfred "The Great" King of England
- Born: 849, Wantage, Berkshire, England 851
- Marriage: Ealhswida Queen of England in 869 in Winchester 851
- Died: 28 Oct 901, Winchester, Hampshire, England at age 52 851
Another name for Alfred was Ælthelred.
~Weis' Ancestral Roots . . ., 8th Edition, King of England 871-800, m. Eathswith, daughter Æthelred Mucill, ealdorman of the Gaini, by Edburga, his wife.
Noted events in his life were:
• Background Information. 851
Alfred the Great, the founder of England's Civilization and Nationality, was born at Wantage, in Berkshire, 849, ascended to the throne in 871 at the age of twenty-three and reigned for thirty years. According to historian, Asser, Bishop of Sherborne, Young Alfred was a more comely person and of sweeter disposition that his older brothers, and was a favorite of both his parents. His parents sent Alfred to Rome when he was a child in order that he might be anointed king by the Pope.
Alfred succeeded his brother as king in 871. At this time, the Danes were ravaging the whole country of England. The suffering of his people was increased by pestilence and internal dissensions of the people. Alfred fought against one raiding group of Danes after another. Alfred built the first English navy in order to combat the many Danish raids. He fought back the Danes from 894 until they withdrew in 897.
Alfred encouraged the arts and sciences and was the founder of Oxford University. He has come to be considered as great a scholar as he was a warrior. He made London the capital of England, and fortified it in 886. He organized judicial and educational reforms, compiled a code of laws, rebuilt schools and invited learned monks from the continent and from Wales to his court to teach the young men there. He translated the Latin text of ecclesiastical writing of Bede and others in Anglo-Saxon. He was the author of the famous Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the first history written in any modern language.
Alfred the Great died 28 Oct 901, at the age of fifty-two. He had married Lady Alswith in 869, who died in 904, and was the daughter of Ethelred and Edburga of the royal house of Mercia, in the central part of England.
~Wurt's Magna Charta, pp. 171-175
• Background Information. 157
Alfred was born in 849, reigned from 871 until his death in 901. He married Elswitha, daughter of the Earl of Lincolnshire, by whom he had a son Edward, who lived between 901-924, and a daughter, Elstrude, Alfrida or Æthelswytha.
~A Genealogy of the Southworths (Southards)... p. 427
• Family. 470
Married 868, Winchester, England to , Ealhswith of the Gaini
Æthelflaed, Lady of Mercia, b. CIR 869
Edmund, b. ABT 870
Edward the Elder, King of England, b. 869
Æthelgeofu of Shaftesbury, Abbess of Shaftesbury
Æthelweard, b. 880
• Web Reference: Alfred,,King of Wessex & the English from David Nash Ford's Early British Kindoms.
• Web Reference: Alfred the Great and his Successors.
• Web Reference: The House of Wessex - Alfred the Great.
Alfred married Ealhswida Queen of England, daughter of Æthelred Mucil of Mercia Ældorman of the Gai and Ædburh (Edburga) of Mercia, in 869 in Winchester .851 (Ealhswida Queen of England was born about 852 in Mercia, England, died on 5 Dec 905 in Mary's Abbey, Winchester, Dorset and was buried in Winchester Cathedral, London, England.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Engagement: 1st cousins, 1x removed.