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

ISBN-10: 0300125356

ISBN-13: 9780300125351

The robust and leading edge King Æthelstan reigned in simple terms in short (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English background. He received wonderful army victories (most significantly at Brunanburh), solid unheard of political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in developing the 1st unified state of the English. to say 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 strains his lifestyles during the a number of spheres within which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his relations, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal courtroom, the Church and his country, the wars he performed, and eventually his loss of life and legacy. Foot describes a cosmopolitan guy who used to be not just a very good army chief but additionally a helpful king. He ruled brilliantly, built inventive how one can venture his snapshot as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and reward exchanges to cement alliances with the prime royal and ducal homes of Europe. Æthelstan's legacy, obvious within the new mild of this masterful biography, is inextricably hooked up to the very forging of britain and early English id

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Photograph © Chris Mycock. 18. Statue of King Æthelstan in Beverley Minster, cast in lead by William Collins, 1781. Photograph © Judith Maltby. 19. King of Wessex, engraving of Æthelstan askingthat Bible be translated into Saxon tongue, from William Augustus Russel's A New and Authentic History of England (1777). Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images. FIGURES 1. The West Saxon Royal Family. 2. The West Saxon Royal Family in Europe, after V. Ortenberg, ‘Aux périphéries du monde carolingien’, in La royauté et les élites, ed.

10 In defeat, the Northumbrian Danes stayed north of the Humber leaving Edward with his sister Æthelflæd and brother-in-law Æthelred, ealdorman of the Mercians, assisted by their nephews Æthelstan and Edward's second son Ælfweard, to confront the Scandinavian forces of the southern Danelaw. Over the next few years, the English used fortified burhs as centres from which to advance against the settled Danes. 14 Only the Danish forces at Leicester, Stamford, Nottingham and Lincoln now remained; all the others had by the end of that year submitted either to Edward or to his sister.

19 West Saxon and Mercian chroniclers offer us different narratives at this point. While the West Saxon Chronicle reported the general submission in 918 and the next year Edward's strengthening of the Mercian border in the north-west, the building of a burh at Thelwall and the sending of a Mercian force into Northumbria to Manchester to repair and man a fort, the Mercian Register focused exclusively on family politics. After the report of Æthelflæd's death it gave notice of her burial at Gloucester; in the annal for 919 (perhaps a continuation of the entry for the previous year), the Register reported, ‘in this year also the daughter of Æthelred, lord of the Mercians, was deprived of all authority in Mercia and taken into Wessex, three weeks before Christmas.

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