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King Alfred OF WESSEX[1]

Male 849 - Abt 899  (~ 53 years)


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  • Name Alfred OF WESSEX 
    Title King 
    Born Between 846 and 849  Wantage, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Burial Winchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Between 871 and 899  [3
    King of England 
    crowned 23 Apr 871  [2
    • king of Wessex and Danish Mercia
    Name 'The Great' of Wessex  [1
    Name Alfred 'The Great' of Wessex  [3
    Name Alfred Ier Le Grand of England  [4
    Name Alfred of Wessex  [2
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    _FSFTID L8YJ-X14 
    _UID 6CEF5B2AB89C42BEB8F6259C242549F4295C 
    Died Abt 26 Oct 899  Winchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Y  [4
    Notes 
    • Born in 849 in the royal manor of Wantage in Berkshire. Apparently hismother encouraged their learning by showing Alfred and his brothers abeautifully illuminated book of poetry saying the one who could read itfirst could have it. Alfred, the youngest, was first. As a young man hewas his brother King Ethelred's supporter in the struggle against themarauding Vikings. In 868 he married Ealhswith by whom he had a largefamily. When in 871 he succeeded his brother Ethelwulf as king, most ofEngland was in Danish hands. Even though they won several smallvictories and, in 875, a seabattle, the Danes had the upper hand. Alfredhad to take refuge in 877 and, during this period of not being seen,stories emerged of his being disguised as a wandering minstrel andstrolling into Danish camps to gather information. There was also thestory of his burning the cakes he had been asked to watch. In May 878,joined by English forces, he drove back the Danes to Chippenham. Thiswas the turning point from which Alfred again emerged as King ofEngland. Twice a year he called a great council which was the beginningof the English Parliament. Apparently Alfred suffered from a strange,regularly re-occurring illness as recorded by Asser, Bishop ofSherborne. According to Sir Iain Moncreiffe of That Ilk, it might havebeen porphyria. Alfred died 26 October 899 and was buried at Winchester.His wife survived till 5 December 902.

      Profession : Roi de Wessex de 871 à 878, Roi des Anglo-Saxons de 878 à899.
    Person ID I5281  Work in progress june2018
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2009 

    Father Aethelwulf, King of England,   b. Between 795 and 810, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 858, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Osburga,   b. Abt 800, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 849  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married Abt 830 
    Family ID F2658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Saint Ethelswitha,   b. Abt 846, Mercia, Britain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 902, Winchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 868  Gainsborough, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Elftrudis OF WESSEX,   b. Abt 874,   d. 7 Jun 929  (Age ~ 55 years)
     2. Edward the Elder OF ENGLAND,   b. 875,   d. 17 Jul 924, Farndon-on-Dee, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2375  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart