King Alfred or Alfred the Great

King Alfred or Alfred the Great

Question: Write a short note on King Alfred or Alfred the Great.


Alfred the Great or King Alfred (847/849 – 899) is called the “father of English Prose”. He was the king of Wessex (871-886) and the king of Anglo-Saxons (886-899). Alfred, when he was the king of Wessex, removed the ignorant and established peace among the people and he sacrificed himself to the task of educating the people.

Major Works

Alfred was the great translator among the Anglo-Saxon period who translated many Latin books into English Prose. His most famous important translations are The History of the World by Orosius, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, and the Soliloquies of St. Augustine. The first historical work of English literature is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle which was the masterpiece of Alfred the Great.

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Alfred had a famous person as a learned and merciful man who encouraged education and raising that primary education will be conducted in Anglo-Saxon rather than Latin. He promoted the legal system and the military structure and his people’s quality of life. In the sixteenth century, he had been given the designation “The Great” during and after the reformation.


In termination, we can say that the Anglo-Saxon period is well-known for King Alfred’s contribution and he is celebrated as the father of English Prose.

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