King Alfred of Wessex: His Life, Times and Reputation

King Alfred of Wessex: His Life, Times and Reputation
with Professor Barbara Yorke (University of Winchester)
at Sutton Hoo, Saturday, 12th July 2014.

Alfred Coins

The reign of King Alfred (871-899) will be examined in the context of the development of Wessex, his wars with the Vikings, the relatively large range of written and archaeological sources for his lifetime, and his escalating reputation in the centuries following his death.

Provisional Programme

09.50 – 10.15:                Coffee on arrival
10.15 – 11.15:                The history of Wessex and the family of King Alfred: how his reign relates to that of earlier kings.
11.15 – 11.45:                Coffee break
11.45 – 12.45:                King Alfred’s Viking Wars.
12.45 – 14.00:                Lunch break
14.00 – 15.00:                 Reconstructing Alfred: the sources for his reign and his elusive personality.
15.00 – 15.20:               Tea break
15.20 – 16.20:                The legacy of King Alfred and his cult in later centuries.
c.16.20:                          Thanks and Close

Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading

R. Abels, Alfred the Great. War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England (Longman 1998)
D. Hadley, The Vikings in England : Settlement, Society and Culture (Manchester 2006)
N. Higham & M. Ryan, The Anglo-Saxon World (Yale University Press, 2013)
D. Horspool, Why Alfred Burned the Cakes; 1100 Years of Myth and History (Profile Books, 2006)
S. Keynes & M. Lapidge (eds.), Alfred the Great. Asser’s Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources (Penguin 1983)
R. Lavelle, Alfred’s Wars. Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age (The Boydell Press 2010)
D. Pratt, The Political Thought of King Alfred the Great (Cambridge University Press 2007)
M. Swanton, (ed.), The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (Dent 1996)
B. Yorke, Wessex in the Early Middle Ages (Leicester University Press 1995)
L. Webster & J. Backhouse, The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 (British Museum 1991)

About Professor Barbara Yorke

Barbara YorkeBarbara Yorke is Professor Emeritus of Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester from which she has recently retired after a long career. Her research interests lie with early medieval British history, with special interests in kingship, conversion, Wessex, women, religion and 19th-century Anglo-Saxonism. Major publications include Kings and Kingdoms in Early Anglo-Saxon England, Wessex in the Early Middle Ages and The Conversion of Britain 600-800. She is currently writing a book on King Alfred for the Pocket Giants series of the History Press.