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THE LIFE OF KING ALFRED
by
Asser
Bishop of Sherborne

Online Medieval and Classical Library Release #26

Originally composed in Latin, prossibly sometime around 888 A.D. by the Monk and Bishop Asser, although some scholars contend that the work was actually composed much later by an unknown hand. Translation by Dr. J.A. Giles (London, 1847).

The text of this edition is based on that published as "Six Old English Chronicles", translated and edited by Dr. J.A. Giles (London, 1847). This edition is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN in the United States.

This electronic edition was edited, proofed, and prepared by Douglas B. Killings (DeTroyes@EnterAct.COM), January 1997.


CONTENTS


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
ORIGINAL TEXT --
Stevenson, W.H. (Ed.): "Asser's Life of King Alfred" (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1904).
OTHER TRANSLATIONS --
Keynes, Simon & Michael Lapidge (Ed. & Trans.): "Alfred the Great" (Penguin Classics, London, 1983). Includes translations of Asser's "Life of King Alfred", excerpts from the writings of King Alfred, and a number of miscellaneous original sources on the riegn of King Alfred.
RECOMMENDED READING --
Anonymous: "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" (Ed. & Trans. G.N. Garmonsway; Everyman Press, London, 1953, 1972). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Contains side-by-side translations of all nine known texts.
Anonymous: "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" (Trans. Rev. James Ingram; London, 1823. Reissued: Online Medieval and Classical Library E- Text 17, 1996).
Stenton, Sir Frank W.: "Anglo-Saxon England" (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1943, 1947, 1971)
Swanton, Michael (Trans.): "Anglo-Saxon Prose" (Everyman Press, London, 1975, 1979, 1985, 1993). Contains translations of several works by King Alfred.

 

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