Statue d'alfred le grand à winchester
Statue d'alfred le grand à winchester
King Alfred the Great
(849-899)

Died aged c. 50

Alfred the Great (849 – 26 October 899) (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, "elf counsel" or "wise elf") was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England. He is one of only two English monarchs to be given the epithet "the Great", the other being the Scandinavian Cnut the Great. He was also the first King of the West Saxons to style himself "King of the Anglo-Saxons". Details of Alfred's life are described in a work by the 10th-century Welsh scholar and bishop Asser. Alfred had a reputation as a learned and merciful man of a gracious and level-headed nature who encouraged education and improved his kingdom's legal system, military structure and his people's quality of life.

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Commemorated on 4 plaques

Photo of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury and Alfred the Great blue plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Alfred the Great white plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Alfred the Great bronze plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Alfred the Great black plaque
Oxyman on Geograph