Alfred, king of Wessex (871–899), a Saxon kingdom in southwestern England. As King of Wessex at the age of 21, Alfred (reigned 871-99) was a strongminded but highly strung battle veteran at the head of remaining resistance to the Vikings in southern England. Alfred the Great is famous for his victories against the Vikings, and is the only English monarch known as 'the Great'.

He is the best-known Anglo-Saxon king in British history thanks to his biographer Asser (died c. 909 CE) and that work’s impact on later writers. Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, a defender against Viking invasion and a social reformer; just few of the reasons why he is the only English monarch to be known as “the Great”. Alfred the Great (r. 871-899 CE) was the king of Wessex in Britain but came to be known as King of the Anglo-Saxons after his military victories over Viking adversaries and later successful negotiations with them.


Compilation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle began during his reign. Alfred was born in 849 and served as King of Wessex, a Saxon kingdom based in the southwest of modern day England, from 871 to his death on 26th October 899 AD. King Alfred the Great, Viking Fighter and Father of England Posted by Sons Of Vikings on December 24, 2018 It was late in the year 871 when the 23-year-old Alfred, newly-appointed king of the last free Saxon kingdom in Britain, sat down for peace talks with two sons of Ragnar Lothbrok and other leaders of the Great Heathen Army. Fans have been asking how the real King Alfred died and how Alfred dies in the show. And for a second time, King Alfred ' made peace' with them. The Anglo-Saxons take control. In early 878, the Danes led by King Guthrum seized Chippenham in Wiltshire in a lightning strike and used it as a secure base from which to devastate Wessex.
Alfred was hurriedly made king but there was little time to dwell on the fact as the Vikings attacked Alfred at Wilton and forced him to retreat.

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Instead, they moved westward and spent the winter of 876-7 at Exeter. Learn more about Alfred’s life and rule.

In Vikings, King Alfred is the illegitimate son of Judith (Jennie Jacques) and Athelstan (George Blagden) who is protected by King Ecbert (Linus Roache).

But the Vikings were not ready to leave yet. And once more, the Vikings 'shared out a land'. They were then attacked by garrisons loyal to Alfred, which were in turn beaten back by the Vikings, with some loss of life. If the Vikings had continued with the offensive it is unlikely that Alfred could have held out, as it happened, events in the North forced the Vikings to swing about and this gave Alfred the space he needed. Barbara Yorke, professor emerita of early medieval history at the University of Winchester, brings you the facts about the Anglo-Saxon king VIKINGS season 6 will be out until next year and the second half of season five will return this November. After a new agreement with King Alfred, they left for Mercia and camped at Gloucester. Later in his life the young King Alfred had to hide from the Vikings on a marshy island called Athelney, in Somerset. We are then told that later that year, at harvest-time, King Alfred himself arrived and camped in the vicinity of the Viking fortification in order to prevent the Vikings from stopping the locals from reaping their corn.