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Alfred the great timeline date summary detailed information 23 april 871 accenssion of alfred king alfred succeeded his brother ethelred to the throne. Born at wantage, berkshire, in 849, alfred was the fifth son of aethelwulf, king of the west saxons at their father's behest and by mutual agreement, alfred's elder brothers succeeded to the kingship in turn, rather than endanger the kingdom by passing it to under-age children at a time when the country was threatened by worsening viking raids from denmark.
Alfred, also spelled aelfred, byname alfred the great, (born 849—died 899), king of wessex (871–899), a saxon kingdom in southwestern england he prevented england from falling to the danes and promoted learning and literacy compilation of the anglo-saxon chronicle began during his reign, circa 890.
Alfred the great captured london, allegedly after defeating a danish garrison however, as london was in the kingdom of mercia, alfred, turned london over to mercian control 886/7.
Alfred the great (old english: ælfrēd, ælfrǣd, elf counsel or wise elf 849 – 26 october 899) was king of wessex from 871 to 899 alfred was the youngest son of king æthelwulf of wessex his father died when he was young and three of alfred's brothers reigned in turn.