By Sarah Foot
The strong and leading edge King ?thelstan reigned merely in brief (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English historical past. He gained brilliant army victories (most significantly at Brunanburh), solid extraordinary political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in growing the 1st unified nation of the English. to say for him the identify of "first English monarch" isn't any exaggeration.In this nuanced portrait of ?thelstan, Sarah Foot bargains 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 relations, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal courtroom, the Church and his nation, the wars he carried out, and at last his dying and legacy. Foot describes a cosmopolitan guy who was once not just a good army chief but additionally a necessary king. He ruled brilliantly, constructed inventive how one can venture his snapshot 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, obvious 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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48 See below, 189–92. 49 See below, 109. ENGLISH KING? 50 ÆTHELSTAN THE WARRIOR KING In 934 the king took a combined land and sea force to Scotland. 52 By early autumn the royal court had returned to the south once more. News of Æthelstan’s military prowess travelled beyond British shores and led to requests for him to deploy his forces again, this time overseas in support of his exiled foster-sons. A Frankish embassy came to the English court in 936, seeking not a marriage alliance but the king’s personal support and practical military assistance in the restoration of his nephew, Louis, to his throne in western Frankia.
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.
His father Edward, the eldest son of King Alfred, was by the last decade of the ninth century the acknowledged heir to the West Saxon throne. 894. Following Alfred’s decisive victory over an invading Danish army in 878, Wessex the southernmost English kingdom – then stretching from Kent in the east to Cornwall in the west and as far north as the River Thames – had experienced a prolonged period of peace. In the years after 878, King Alfred had extended his realm north of the traditional boundary of Wessex, acquiring control of London and also of the western part of the midland kingdom of England, Mercia.
Æthelstan: The First King of England by Sarah Foot