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By Nicole G Discenza, Paul E Szarmach

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ISBN-13: 9789004274846

A spouse to Alfred the nice (Brill's partners to the Christian culture) [Hardcover] [Dec 08, 2014] Discenza, Nicole Guenther and Szarmach, Paul E.

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58 For a different view of the “Mercian” dimension, see Godden, “Stories,” 134–135. If Asser implies in Chapters 76–77 that the Mercians were from “outside” Alfred’s own kingdom, he may not mean anything more than that the helpers came from outside Wessex; the position in the mid-880s is well established by the evidence of charters and coins. Nor is there any necessary “denial” of Mercian scholarship in the preface to the Pastoral Care; and while Bishop Wærferth received a copy, it does not follow that he was among the bishops said (in the verse preface) to have known little Latin, or that he was then at Worcester (and not also at Alfred’s court).

Under these circumstances, it might have been difficult to maintain the momentum of any such project, at least until peace returned; and while Asser was closely involved, he chose for whatever reason to say no more than he did. Peace or “stillness” returned in 896, so perhaps the work, if it had been suspended, was soon resumed. If any work remained unfinished (or not yet started) at the time of Alfred’s death, in 899, it is to be expected that some of those involved, including Asser (d. 911), Wærferth (d.

60 Plegmund, Æthelstan, 55 Asser, Chapters 24 and 88. For the wider context, see Pratt, “Illnesses,” 45–49, and Political Thought, 89, 120; see also Godden, “Stories,” 131. Cf. the prayer book prepared by Alcuin for the use of laymen (below, n. 104). 56 K&L, Alfred, 25–26, citing Archbishop Fulco’s letter to Alfred (reporting Alfred’s remarks to him), King Alfred’s preface to the Pastoral Care, and Asser, Chapter 93. 57 S 344, edited with discussion in Charters of Christ Church Canterbury, ed. Brooks and Kelly, 793–799 (no.

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