Session 501: Alfredian Voices, I: Alfredian Kingship
Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30
|Organiser:||Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford|
|Moderator/Chair:||Amy Faulkner, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford|
|Paper 501-a||Alfred's Regal Anointing in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and Asser|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Lay Piety, Political Thought, Theology
|Paper 501-b||Alfred and the Three Estates: A Prototype of Sovereignty?|
The past decade has witnessed a major re-assessment of the writings associated with King Alfred. With the centuries-old consensus that Alfred was himself the ‘father’ of English prose now in doubt, the time is ripe for scholars to rethink – and rewrite – the literary history of late 9th and early 10th-century Anglo-Saxon England. Papers in this session (the first of two) explore the presentation of Alfred himself as ruler-to-be, images of biblical kingship, and the relationship between Alfredian and Arthurian ideals of kingship.