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Have we now found Alfred the Great? Archaeologists exhume unmarked grave in what could be one of the most significant finds ever

Bones that could belong to King Alfred the Great have been exhumed from a churchyard over fears that they might be stolen or vandalised

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Alfred the Great, England’s Strong and Righteous Ruler

Alfred the Great 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”. Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself “King of the Anglo-Saxons”.

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Alfred The Great, King of Wessex AD 871. He was a remarkable and pious man who brought a new order to the Kingdom following his defeat of the Danes. His son built New Minster at Winchester as a family mausoleum to house his tomb.

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London's oldest statue, c. 1372: This is King Alfred the Great (871-899) in Trinity Church Square, Southwark. The statue was moved to the Square from Westminster Hall in 1822. King Alfred united England, founded St Paul’s, rebuilt London’s walls and drove off the Vikings.

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What Were English Trials and Ordeals, During the Middle Ages?

Alfred the Great, King of the English. A wise man and a great leader. Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/22/Statue_d%27Alfred_le_Grand_%C3%A0_Winchester.jpg/220px-Statue_d%27Alfred_le_Grand_%C3%A0_Winchester.jpg

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Gold finger-ring that belonged to Æthelswith (855-889), the queen of Mercia, daughter of Æthelwulf, and sister of Alfred the Great. The ring was found in 1991 when a farmer was plowing in Northeastern England. Inscription inside: + EA⃒ÐELSVIÐ⃒REGNA (Queen Æthelswith). Probably 853-874 CE. Aberford, West Yorkshire. British Museum.

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From the Medieval Manuscripts blog post 'The Last Will and Testament of Alfred the Great'. Image: Opening page of the Liber de Hyda

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The Alfred Jewel is a Anglo-Saxon ornament made of enamel and quartz enclosed in gold that was discovered in 1693. It has been dated from the late 9th century. It was made in the reign of Alfred the Great and is inscribed "aelfred mec heht gewyrcan", meaning 'Alfred ordered me made'.Ca. 900 A.D. Medieval.

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HERITAGE - 1: DIRECT LINE TO OUR DISTANT PAST. What Made Us English? Reading List for a Bygone Era

Land divided - at the time of Aelfred 'the Great' there was no England yet. That would follow, beginning in his grandson Aethelstan's time. Bit by bit over centuries England and English, kingdom, people and language came about

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Artefact from the Cuerdale hoard of 8,600 Viking silver items buried about 905 and found in 1840 near Preston, Lancashire, England.

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