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Early Political History of England: The West Saxons

Under King Offa, the Mercians defeated the Northumbrians, but the Mercian rule lasted only as long Offa remained in control. The Mercians were replaced by a line of West Saxon kings, including Ine (688-725); Egbert (802 -839), and Alfred the Great … Continue reading

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Alfred the Great’s Son, Edward the Elder

Edward the Elder (Old English: Ēadweard se Ieldra; c. 874–877 – 17 July 924)  became king in 899 upon the death of his father, Alfred the Great. His court was at Winchester, previously the capital of Wessex. He captured the … Continue reading

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Alfred the Great, England’s Strong and Righteous Ruler

The fifth son of Aethelwulf, Alfred was born in 849. He came to the throne in 871. Immediately, he was met with the daunting task of ridding his country of the Vikings. The Viking raids had established many Danish settlements, … Continue reading

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England’s First King, Ecgberht, King of Wessex

With Queen Elizabeth II celebrating 60 years on the throne today, I thought we would take a look at Britain’s first monarch. In the early 600s, the Anglo Saxons had driven the Celts from England. The country was then divided … Continue reading

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