By Athelstan (England, König); Foot, Sarah Rosamund Irvine; King of England Athelstan

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The strong and cutting edge King Æthelstan reigned basically in short (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English heritage. He gained remarkable army victories (most particularly at Brunanburh), cast exceptional political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in developing the 1st unified state of the English. to say for him the identify of "first English monarch" isn't any exaggeration.

In this nuanced portrait of Æthelstan, Sarah Foot bargains the 1st complete account of the king ever written. She strains his existence during the numerous spheres within which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his kinfolk, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal court docket, the Church and his nation, the wars he performed, and at last his demise and legacy. Foot describes a cosmopolitan guy who was once not just an exceptional army chief but additionally a useful king. He ruled brilliantly, constructed inventive how you can undertaking his picture as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and present exchanges to cement alliances with the major royal and ducal homes of Europe. Æthelstan's legacy, noticeable within the new mild of this masterful biography, is inextricably hooked up to the very forging of britain and early English identification

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12 Gerd Althoff employed an essentially similar technique in his study of Otto III. Adopting this method for studying Æthelstan would involve depicting the king in relationship to his own society, not simply by creating a picture of the times in which he lived and ruled, but by attempting to show that the wider context of his own age was in some measure one that Æthelstan himself had created through his own agency. The essential weakness of this model for my purposes lies in the nature of the evidence.

228. 3 Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS 157, 52. C. J. Yeatman, 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England (London, 1930). 5 See Appendix I for a detailed discussion of the interpretative problems presented by William's account in his Gesta regum Anglorum. , 1944; Reading University Library, Stenton MSS, 8/27/1. 7 James Campbell, The Anglo-Saxon State (London and New York, 2000), 1–30. 8 Pauline Stafford, Queen Emma and Queen Edith: Queenship and Women's Power in Eleventh-Century England (Oxford, 1997); Stafford, ‘Writing the Biography of Eleventh-Century Queens’, in Writing Early Medieval Biography: Essays in Honour of Frank Barlow, ed.

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