By Athelstan (England, König); Foot, Sarah Rosamund Irvine; King of England Athelstan

The strong and leading edge King Æthelstan reigned in simple terms in brief (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English heritage. He received impressive army victories (most particularly at Brunanburh), solid unparalleled political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in growing the 1st unified state of the English. to assert for him the name of "first English monarch" isn't any exaggeration.

In this nuanced portrait of Æthelstan, Sarah Foot deals the 1st complete account of the king ever written. She lines his lifestyles throughout the quite a few spheres within which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his kin, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal court docket, the Church and his state, the wars he carried out, and eventually his demise and legacy. Foot describes a worldly guy who was once not just an exceptional army chief but in addition a valuable king. He ruled brilliantly, built inventive how one can undertaking his photograph as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and reward exchanges to cement alliances with the top royal and ducal homes of Europe. Æthelstan's legacy, noticeable within the new gentle of this masterful biography, is inextricably attached to the very forging of britain and early English identification

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Winterbottom, Three Lives of English Saints (Toronto, 1972), 67–87 ANS Anglo-Norman Studies ASC Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. If no other manuscript is specified, citations of the Old English text are taken from K. 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.

Arnold, Symeonis monachi opera omnia, Rolls Series lxxv, 2 vols (London, 1882–5), II, 2–283 HSC Historia de sancto Cuthberto, ed. and trans. T. –VI As. Æthelstan's law codes according to conventional numbering JW The Chronicle of John of Worcester II, ed. and trans. R. Darlingon et al. (Oxford, 1995) Keynes, Atlas S. 670–1066 (Cambridge, 1995) Keynes, ‘Books’ S. Keynes, ‘King Æthelstan's Books’, in Learning and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England, ed. M. Lapidge and H. Gneuss (Cambridge, 1985), 143–201 Keynes, Diplomas S.

At the millennial celebrations of Alfred's death (wrongly thought to have occurred in 901) thousands thronged the streets of Winchester to commemorate a king to whom the British empire owed much. In stark contrast, a single notice in The Times of London for 25 October 1940 (buried under ‘Ecclesiastical News’), noted the supposed millennium of ‘Æthelstan the Great’ (dating his death to 940, in error for 939). Lamenting that there might in happier times have been some celebration of this event, the correspondent remembered the king as the greatest and most munificent benefactor of St Paul's Cathedral in London, his donations making that cathedral the richest in England.

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