Alfred The Great, King of Wessex

AlfredAlfred was the King of Wessex who resisted Danish incursion and united much of the individual English kingdoms under one rule in the process. For his military skill, his promotion of learning and his achievement in uniting all of England, Alfred is the only English king to be tagged the Great.

In 868 Alfred accompanied his brother, King Aethelred I, in assisting King Burgred of Mercia against Danish forces that had conquered East Anglia the year before. Instead of fighting, the Danes made peace, but three years later they invaded Wessex. Alfred once again accompanied his brother, this time in several battles. In April of 871 Aethelred died, possibly of wounds received in battle, and Alfred succeeded him as King of Wessex.

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