By Sarah Foot
The robust and cutting edge King ?thelstan reigned merely in brief (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English background. He gained wonderful army victories (most significantly at Brunanburh), cast unparalleled political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in growing the 1st unified country of the English. to say for him the name of "first English monarch" is not any exaggeration.In this nuanced portrait of ?thelstan, Sarah Foot deals the 1st complete account of the king ever written. She strains his lifestyles during the a variety of spheres during which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his kinfolk, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal court docket, the Church and his country, the wars he performed, and eventually his loss of life and legacy. Foot describes a worldly guy who was once not just a good army chief but additionally a beneficial king. He ruled brilliantly, built artistic how you can venture his photo as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and present exchanges to cement alliances with the top royal and ducal homes of Europe. ?thelstan's legacy, obvious within the new gentle of this masterful biography, is inextricably hooked up to the very forging of britain and early English identification.
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22 ASC 923A (recte 920). 24 Edward needed most urgently to ensure that the Danish king of York did not attempt to assume possession of the formerly Scandinavian lands south of the Humber, or incite the population in the eastern Danelaw to rebel against him. For Rægnald, ruling a kingdom sandwiched uneasily between the Scots and Edward’s expanded West Saxon realm, his northern neighbours may have posed the greatest threat. 25 Each party accepted the other’s rule over the whole population – English and Danish or part-Danish – in his own territory; the northern kings accepted Edward’s arbitration in this arrangement and to a degree thus, as the chronicler claimed, his lordship.
54 The Old English Version of the Heptateuch: Ælfric’s Treatise on the Old and New Testament and his Preface to Genesis, ed. S. J. Crawford (London, 1922), 416–17. 50 51 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 3 4 45x 46x 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 3 4 45 46x Æ T H E L S TA N any other capacity than as victor, just as their immediate bodyguard would expect to die with their lord rather than face the ignominy of a lifetime as beaten survivors.
Those claims were reflected in the royal styles adopted to describe the king in his written records which witness to a new language of kingly power, fit for England’s first monarch. Before the 880s, ninth-century kings of Wessex generally used the regnal style ‘king of the West Saxons’ in their charters, imagining Wessex as a single unit, even after the annexation of Sussex and Kent to the east and Cornwall to the west. In order to mark the new political order created by his extension of direct West Saxon rule north into the formerly independent midland kingdom of Mercia, King Alfred coined a new royal style.
Æthelstan: The First King of England by Sarah Foot