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    King Alfred

    Famous for the incident with the cakes but does anyone know if he actually ever wrote anything?

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    Well he was considered “learned” in his time, visited the Pope as a child (so presumably had latin), encouraged education among his subjects (allegedly) and signed an agreement with the Danes. So yes, one assumes he could write!
    Whether anything he wrote survives - I have no idea!
    Hope this helps. (But I doubt if it will).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonnieWaldock View Post
    Well he was considered “learned” in his time, visited the Pope as a child (so presumably had latin), encouraged education among his subjects (allegedly) and signed an agreement with the Danes. So yes, one assumes he could write!
    Whether anything he wrote survives - I have no idea!
    Hope this helps. (But I doubt if it will).
    If the owd boy was clever he was obviously a BLADE rather than a pig fan. UTCB

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    Think he wrote " Agadoo". But could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahatmafoot View Post
    Think he wrote " Agadoo". But could be wrong.
    Ya normally are wrong unless it's ya favrit subject(Pigs) UTCB

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    He probs wrote a recipe on how not to have the oven too hot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodcurrie View Post
    Ya normally are wrong unless it's ya favrit subject(Pigs) UTCB
    Thank you kindly, thank you kindly, don't know what I've done to make you hate me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahatmafoot View Post
    Think he wrote " Agadoo". But could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahatmafoot View Post
    Thank you kindly, thank you kindly, don't know what I've done to make you hate me.
    Ma i dunt hate the pigs,i just dislike the twohats alot, so ya can tek it to the bank that i dunt hate or even dislike any BLADE mi owd pal.We've got to keep this ite tickin over somehow mate aint we? UTCB

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    Yes, so talking of keeping the site ticking over Rod I have the reply from my friend who is a learned history professor. He says that Alfred gathered scholars at his court to help translate classical works into old English. Now in the prefaces Alfred claims he translated them but did he or did the scholars do them?

    Ronnie you correctly state that Alfred visited the pope when he was young because originally he was set for the religious life but his brothers died and he became King. Some say that he was accompanied by St Swithun on this trip.

    Apparently there are voluminous books and papers presenting arguments as to whether Alfred did or didn’t translate the books. My own thought is how ever did he find the time?

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    Statue of Alfred the Great by Hamo Thornycroft in Winchester, unveiled during the millenary commemoration of Alfred's death.
    King of the Anglo-Saxons
    Reign
    23 April 871 – 26 October 899
    Predecessor
    Æthelred
    Successor
    Edward the Elder
    Born
    849
    Wantage, Berkshire
    Died
    26 October 899 (around age 50) Winchester
    Burial
    c. 1100
    Hyde Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire, now lost
    Spouse
    Ealhswith
    Issue
    Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians
    Edward, King of Wessex
    Æthelgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury
    Æthelweard of Wessex
    Ælfthryth, Countess of Flanders
    Full name
    Ælfred of Wessex
    House
    Wessex
    Father
    Æthelwulf, King of Wessex
    Mother
    Osburh
    Religion
    Christianity
    Alfred was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex. His father died when he was young and three of Alfred's brothers reigned in turn. Taking the throne after the death of his brother Æthelred, Alfred spent several years dealing with Viking invasions. After a decisive victory in the Battle of Edington in 878 Alfred made an agreement with the Vikings, creating what was known as Danelaw in the North of England. Alfred also oversaw the conversion of the Viking leader, Guthrum.

    Alfred successfully defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest, and by the time of his death had become the dominant ruler in England.[1] He is one of only two English monarchs to be given the epithet "the Great", the other being the Scandinavian Cnut the Great. He was also the first King of the West Saxons to style himself "King of the Anglo-Saxons". Details of Alfred's life are described in a work by the 9th-century Welsh scholar and bishop Asser.

    Alfred had a reputation as a learned and merciful man of a gracious and level-headed nature who encouraged education, proposing that primary education be conducted in English rather than Latin, and improved his kingdom's legal system, military structure, and his people's quality of life. In 2002, Alfred was ranked number 14 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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    That is interesting Charlie. Just a heads up that there is a programme about King Arthur on BBC 2 tonight 9.00 pm. I know it’s Alfred thread but whilst we are talking about historical Kings who’s names begin with A

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