Alfred the was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred is noted for his defence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of southern England against the Vikings, becoming the only English king to be accorded the epithet "the Great".<br />Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself "King of the Anglo-Saxons". Details of his life are described in a work by the Welsh scholar and bishop, Asser. <br />Alfred was a learned man who encouraged education and improved his kingdom's legal system and military structure. Alfred is a Catholic and an Eastern Orthodox Churchsaint and is commonly regarded as a hero of the Christian Church in the Anglican Communion, with a feast day of 26 October.<br />
King Alfred the Great (849, ruled 871-899) was one of the best kings ever to rule mankind. He defended Anglo-Saxon England from Viking raids, formulated a code of laws, and fostered a rebirth of religious and scholarly activity. His reign exhibits military skill and innovation, sound governance and the ability to inspire men and plan for the future, piety and a practical commitment to the support of religion, personal scholarship and the promotion of education. <br />
We don't know what Alfred really looked like. The first contemporary Anglo-Saxon royal portrait we know of is of Athelstan, Alfred's grandson. Visual depictions of Alfred have varied from era to era. The visual image we have today is largely a Victorian one, which in turn is built on depictions from the 17th and 18th centuries, portraying Alfred as a wise, strong and bearded figure. In these early pictures he is often clad in ermine, or some similarly royal fashion, and appears as a rather standard regal figure.<br />
In 1693, a remarkable discovery of a Saxon jewel was made near Athelney, now known as the Alfred Jewel and housed in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. <br />As the Jewel contains no fastening, it is not thought to be a brooch or a clasp. It is probable that it formed the crown of a writing instrument. <br />
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