Edward the Elder, 899-924
Edward the Elder, son and successor of King Alfred, was one of the greatest architects of the English state and yet is one of the most neglected kings of English history. During his 24-year reign, Edward led a series of successful campaigns against the Vikings and by the time of his death controlled most of southern and midland England, with his influence also felt in Wales and the north. Edward the Elder is a timely reassessment of his reign and helps to restore this ruler to his rightful place in English history.
The period of Edward's reign is notably lacking in primary materials for historians. But by drawing upon sources as diverse as literature, archaeology, coins and textiles, this book brings together a rich variety of scholarship to offer new insight into the world of Edward the Elder. With this wealth of perspectives, Edward the Elder offers a broad picture of Edward's reign and his relation to the politics and culture of the Anglo-Saxon period.
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Rather than a traditional biography, which is not possible due to the relative paucity of evidence from the first quarter of the tenth century, this book is instead a collection of papers by different academics presented at a conference in 1999, which was convened for the 1100th anniversary of Edward the Elder's accession to the throne of the emerging Anglo-Saxon kingdom of "Wessex plus", the forerunner of the English kingdom more fully established in the reign of his son Athelstan. It is thus rather dry in places for the amateur reader and contains a lot of repetition of those basic facts that are known. So a bit frustrating, but this is as good as it is ever going to get for this ruler. He is unfortunately sandwiched between his legendary father and his son who was the first king to rule over an area approximating to modern day England, but nevertheless deserves recognition as the bridge between the kingdom of Wessex and the rest of the country, especially its Mercian heartland. 3.5/5