Æthelstan: The First King of England by Sarah Foot

By Sarah Foot

The strong and leading edge King ?thelstan reigned purely in brief (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English background. He gained striking army victories (most particularly at Brunanburh), cast unparalleled political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in developing the 1st unified state of the English. to assert for him the identify of "first English monarch" isn't any exaggeration.In this nuanced portrait of ?thelstan, Sarah Foot deals the 1st complete account of the king ever written. She strains his existence throughout the a number of spheres within which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his family members, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal court docket, the Church and his nation, the wars he performed, and eventually his demise and legacy. Foot describes a cosmopolitan guy who was once not just an outstanding army chief but additionally a precious king. He ruled brilliantly, constructed inventive how one can venture his photograph as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and reward exchanges to cement alliances with the major royal and ducal homes of Europe. ?thelstan's legacy, visible within the new gentle of this masterful biography, is inextricably hooked up to the very forging of britain and early English id.

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Keynes and Lapidge, Alfred the Great: Asser’s life of Alfred and other Contemporary Sources (Harmondsworth, 1983), 173–8; Richard Abels, Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England (London, 1998), 86–7, 93, 179–80; Patrick Wormald, ‘On a wæpnedhealfe: Kingship and Royal Property from Æthelwulf to Edward the Elder’, in H&H, 268–9. 2 GR, ii, 133, pp. 210–11; Æthelweard, iv. 3, pp. 49–50. Barbara Yorke, ‘Edward as Ætheling’, in H&H, 26, 31–2. See fig. 1: genealogy of the West Saxon Royal Family.

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. But Æthelstan’s hegemony would extend further, encompassing direct rule over the Northumbrian population and the genuine submission of the kings of the Scots and of Strathclyde.

Jahrhundert, ed. Harald Kleinschmidt et al. (Vienna, Cologne Graz, 1988), 103–7. 67 S 399–400. 68 S 434. 900–1016’ in NCMH III, ed. Timothy Reuter (Cambridge, 1999), 470. 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 28 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 John of Worcester, the twelfth-century chronicler, apportioned epithets to those tenth-century kings he thought had been most effective in uniting and bringing glory to the kingdom of the English.

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