By Athelstan (England, König); Foot, Sarah Rosamund Irvine; King of England Athelstan
The strong and cutting edge King Æthelstan reigned purely in brief (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English heritage. He received mind-blowing army victories (most significantly at Brunanburh), solid remarkable political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in developing the 1st unified state of the English. to say for him the identify of "first English monarch" is not any exaggeration.
In this nuanced portrait of Æthelstan, Sarah Foot bargains the 1st complete account of the king ever written. She lines his existence throughout the a variety of spheres during which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his relatives, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal courtroom, the Church and his nation, the wars he performed, and at last his loss of life and legacy. Foot describes a cosmopolitan guy who used to be not just an excellent army chief but additionally a necessary king. He ruled brilliantly, constructed artistic how one can venture his picture as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and present exchanges to cement alliances with the prime royal and ducal homes of Europe. Æthelstan's legacy, visible within the new mild of this masterful biography, is inextricably attached to the very forging of britain and early English identification
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In the years after 878, King Alfred had extended his realm north of the traditional boundary of Wessex, acquiring control of London and also of the western part of the midland kingdom of England, Mercia. At the time of Æthelstan's birth, Mercia was governed as a dependency of Wessex by Ealdorman Æthelred, who had married Alfred's daughter Æthelflæd and ruled the midland kingdom under his father-in-law's overlordship. The formerly independent kingdoms of East Anglia and Northumbria lay in Scandinavian hands, their native royal lines supplanted.
6 As the first king to rule over all the English people together in a united kingdom, Æthelstan completed the work begun by his grandfather Alfred and father Edward the Elder to restore Christian rule over those parts of eastern and northern England that had fallen under pagan Scandinavian lordship in the late ninth century. Further, Æthelstan's unification of all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms under a single monarch achieved a political English unity that, in the eighth century, Bede had only imagined.
O'Brien O'Keeffe, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: A Collaborative Edition, 5 MS C (Cambridge, 2001). Translations follow that made by D. 550–1042 (2nd edn, London and New York, 1979), no. 1 ASE Anglo-Saxon England Asser Life of King Alfred: together with the Annals of Saint Neots erroneously ascribed to Asser, ed. H. Stevenson (Oxford, 1904; reprinted with an introductory essay by D. Whitelock, 1959); trans. S. Keynes and M. Lapidge, Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources (Harmondsworth, 1983) AU The Annals of Ulster (to AD 1131), Part I, Text and Translation, ed.
Æthelstan : the first king of England by Athelstan (England, König); Foot, Sarah Rosamund Irvine; King of England Athelstan