King alfred the great - the reformer king: alfred also instilled a great respect for law and order in his kingdom and it was said that a traveler might hang a. English king alfred the great died on this day in 899 having successfully defended his kingdom against viking conquest, alfred had become england's dominant ruler he was noted too for social and. Alfred the great was one of other anglo-saxon kings had styled themselves king of england before, but alfred was the alfred's law code has a lot of curious. The legal code of ælfred the great topics alfred, king of england, book digitized by google and uploaded to the internet archive by user tpb. Born circa 849 died circa 900 king of wessex from 871 under alfred the great, the anglo-saxon kingdoms were consolidated around wessex, the army was reorganized, a considerable fleet was built, and a number of fortresses were erected as a result of the stubborn struggle against the danes, alfred.
Alfred also exercised his political influence to promote christianity and learning in the parts of england controlled by the vikings the law code of alfred the great drew on earlier english laws as well as on biblical law. King alfred the great alfred p smyth warrior, law-giver, and scholar, alfred the great was an extraordinarily gifted and highly successful king, pushing back the vikings to preserve what is now thought of as the heart of england. The anglo-saxon king alfred the great fought off the vikings in the early middle ages, england was divided into seven kingdoms but, as the 9th century progressed, marauding hordes of vikings took control of large areas in the north and east.
Shop king alfred the great and our common law alfred is perhaps best of all remembered for his famous law code king alfred's book of laws or dooms came forth. Alfred established a legal code, forming a body of saxon law, based on the laws of offa of mercia, which limited the practice of blood feuding and imposed heavy penalties on those in breach of sworn oath. Alfred's first literary endeavour was the gathering and writing of the legal code he first set up gathering the ancient anglo-saxon laws of mercia, wessex and kent and from those he wrote his own code that became the law in the lands that he ruled. Alfred the great the other other avon king alfred the great the latest books, music , videos, and television programmes about britain great british fare. Medieval law film: ancient film: medieval at the same time the said king alfred, with a few of his nobles and someknights and men of his household, was in great.
Alfred's direction over ecclesiastics is even found in his law-code where there are laws that concern the protection (18) of innocent nuns and punishment (21) of priests guilty of murder (166) these ecclesiastics are not outside of alfred's sphere of influence simply because they are under god's dominion. Strengthening of the kingdom in the reign of alfred the great (871-899) and a code of english law was drawn up king alfred, gathered these laws together, and. Alfred the great (old english language: ælfrēd, ælfrǣd , elf counsel 849 - 26 october 899) 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. Patrick wormald's explanation is that alfred's law code should be understood not as a legal manual the whole works of king alfred the great, with preliminary. Men of yore: king alfred (the great) the epithet the great alfred was the first king of the west saxons alfred issued a long domboc or law code,.
Legally speaking: the finn episode and alfred's law code neophilologus thought at the court of king alfred the great (871-99) code of alfred the great. A homeless king without a kingdom, protected only by a small band of warriors, alfred headed west, to hide on the island of athelney in the somerset swamps with him were six-year old aethelfleda and three-year-old edward. He promulgated an important code of laws, in the kingdom of wessex—king alfred the great stands out as another royal patron of learning, one who wanted to. King alfred the great this alfred returned to his son-in-law, aethelred ii of mercia and, along with the high-reeve of bamburgh, these two accepted his.
Alfred the great was the fifth son of king ethelwulf (839-55) of the west saxons (wessex) and osburga, daughter of the powerful saxon earl oslac when alfred became king of wessex in 871, his small realm was the last independent saxon kingdom in england. The law-code of king alfred the great (871 -99) is one of the largest and most ambitious legislative enactments to survive from anglo-saxon england it came to be known as sea domboc (the law or judgement book), and was cited using that appellation in the lawcodes of alfred's tenth-century. The doom book, code of alfred or legal code of ælfred the great was the code of laws (dooms being laws or judgments) compiled by alfred the great (c 893 ad.