A Companion to Alfred the Great by Nicole G Discenza, Paul E Szarmach

By Nicole G Discenza, Paul E Szarmach

A significant other to Alfred the nice (Brill's partners to the Christian culture) [Hardcover] [Dec 08, 2014] Discenza, Nicole Guenther and Szarmach, Paul E.

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43 K&L, Alfred, 38–39 and 227–228; Nelson, “Political Ideas of Alfred,” 134–135; Keynes, “West Saxon Charters,” 1147–1148, “Alfred and the Mercians,” 34–39, and “Power of the Written Word,” 185–188; Pratt, Political Thought, 105–107. Alfred’s power did not extend over all of the English, and it may be that the style was devised, for use in the king’s charters, to express a combination of peoples which fell short of a union of peoples. The more exalted position was, however, by this time a credible aspiration, brought significantly closer in 927.

66 It is appropriate that the work chosen to introduce the program of translations was Pope Gregory’s Regula pastoralis. Its significance had been advertised by Bede, writing in 731; and an expurgated version was included among a set of texts gathered together and circulated c. 8–9). The remark is understood most naturally as a wishful thought that all would be well as long as the current “quiet” lasted, expressed during a period of peace and prompted by apprehension that the Vikings might soon return.

16 Simon Keynes, “Mercia and Wessex in the Ninth Century,” in Mercia: an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in Europe, ed. Michelle P. Brown and Carol A. Farr (London: 2001), 310–328. L. Nelson, “Æthelwulf,” odnb, i, 438–441. a. 853; Asser, Chapters 7–9. 19 K&L, Alfred, 232–233, with Keynes, “West Saxon Charters,” 1119–1123, and Charters of Malmesbury Abbey, ed. E. Kelly (Oxford: 2005), 66–80 and 87–91. 18 Keynes with Charles the Bald, king of the West Franks. 20 An important aspect of Æthelwulf’s legacy arose from his promotion of the West Saxon “alliance” with Mercia.

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