London's oldest statue, c. 1372 // King Alfred the Great in Trinity Church Square, Southwark. The statue was moved to the Square from Westminster Hall in King Alfred united England, founded St Paul’s, rebuilt London’s walls and drove off the Vikings.
Bones that could belong to King Alfred the Great have been exhumed from a churchyard over fears that they might be stolen or vandalised. Alfred was born in 849 and died on October He had been King of Wessex from 871 until his death.
Alfred the Great and Eadred are the only Anglo-Saxon kings whose wills have survived to the present day, both of which are found in the same manuscript, British Library Additional MS known as the Liber de Hyda.
Alfred the Great Born at Wantage, Berkshire, in Alfred was the…
Joanna Arman writes a piece for us upon the release of her new book The Warrior Queen: The Life and Legend of Aethelflaed, Daughter of Alfred the Great.
Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
Aethelflaed (r. 911-918 CE) was the daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (r. 871-899 CE) and became queen of Mercia following the death of her husband Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians (r. 881-911 CE). She is best known as the “Lady of the Mercians” who defeated the Vikings and established English rule which would be consolidated by her brother Edward the Elder (r. 899-924 CE) and lay the foundation for the reign of the first recognized English king, Aethelstan.