9th century 800-899 CE

9th century 800-899 CE

Winston Churchill said of Alfred the Great;

‘We discern across the centuries a commanding and versatile intelligence wielding with equal force the sword of war and the sword of justice’

  • Book of Kells Medieval Masterpiece
  • Aethelwulf King of Wessex
  • England as an Heptarchy
  • Early Historical Documents and Chronicles
  • Anglo Saxon Burhs Map
  • Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle
  • Iona heart of Celtic Christianity
  • King of the Anglo Saxons c860 AD

The 9th century gave England one of her greatest leaders, King Alfred the Great, who ascended to the throne of the Kingdom of Wessex in 871.

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He came from a line of powerful rulers whose rule in the Kingdom of Wessex was shadowed by the Viking raiders from the north. It was the century when the Vikings raided Ireland, sacked London and captured York.

The Vikings were not only expanding their territories, they continued to expand their art and culture and this became a unifying aspect of this period.

The great Charlemagne died in 814 and the division of his empire continued across the century resulting in the complete division of the Frankish Empire.

9th Century
Reliquary of Charlemagne

Islamic science and mathematical and literary advancements were immense. Without it, many great works would have been lost to the world including Ptolemy’s work on cosmology.

The 9th century was a century of literature

The Islamic House of Wisdom with it’s 400,000 books, the development of the Cyrillic script, translating the Bible into Slavic (later Cyrillic) and the oldest surviving printed book from China, the Diamond Sutra.

9th Century
The Diamond Sutra

 

In Britain the Anglo Saxon Chronicle was begun that today still gives us the best and sometimes only insight into the history of this dark period of British history. King Alfred encouraged scholars to read and translate great works. In his reign the scriptorium at Winchester is thought to have been established.

9th Century
Viking Chess Pieces

 

Book of Kells Medieval Masterpiece

Book of Kells Medieval Masterpiece

The Book of Kells is a Medieval masterpiece that survived the Viking raids over a thousand years ago and can be seen at Trinity College Dublin.

Aethelwulf King of Wessex

Aethelwulf King of Wessex

Aethelwulf King of Wessex whose son Alfred the Great becomes one of Britain’s most charismatic and influential monarchs

England as an Heptarchy

England as an Heptarchy

7 Kingdoms Making 1 England with Alfred uniting the enterprise and the Vikings creating the climate in which English Unification was a better option that continuing domination of the Vikings. The Kingdoms hold the key into how these regions fought and conquered and rose up against the invaders to reverse the fortunes of England and set in place what would hold until the Norman Conquest, how would we turn the corner and become one people as Bede had alluded to…

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

Early Historical Documents and Chronicles

have you heard of Bede? Wondered how we know what happened in the Anglo Saxon Period. Got a pet interest in early history of the British and the places in which they lived worked, fought and played? Then accessing these crucial early resources will be great for you and your history interests. A brief survey will give you the overview and find out about forthcoming eBooks which will help you further utilise these resources wihtout having to read then cover to cover…

Anglo Saxon Burhs Map

Anglo Saxon Burhs Map

Burhs were strategic military civil and trading locations, fortified and enabling Alfred and his successor to hold off a full-scale Danish invasion. Strategic locations, building on sound Roman foundations and existing earthworks and fortifications. These were crucial to Alfred’s success and to his son Edward the Elder, Explore the map and discover whether a town near you was part of the Anglo Saxon defense of the realm of Wessex and Mercia.

Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle

Evolution of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle

The Anglo Saxon Chronicles evolved over several hundred years to become the unique resource of early historical accounts we can access online today. Read them carefully and with related documents and sources across place and time and subject and you can make some intriguing connections to the areas of history that you are interested in, find out about their origin and access them online from here…you can read the translations studya nd interpret yourself, not just rely on the layers of opinion much of which is founded on these early sources.

Iona heart of Celtic Christianity

Iona heart of Celtic Christianity

Iona the centre of the development of Celtic Christianity the base with Lindisfarne from which Pagan Northumbria is converted, possible place of creation of the masterpiece and artefact of illuminated manuscript the Book of Kells leaving an enduring imprint on our history…

King of the Anglo Saxons c860 AD

King of the Anglo Saxons c860 AD

The first ‘King of England’ emerges out of the Dark Ages