Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
John W. Bernhardt
Biography.; History, European.; History, Medieval.
This thesis examines the application of the epithet "great" to King Alfred of Wessex (r. 871--899). It sets a standard for greatness within the context of early medieval Christian kingship, applies it to Alfred, and then compares Alfred to Charlemagne and Charles the Bald. It traces the development of the cult of Alfred from his own lifetime to the early twentieth century. It examines the mythical achievements of Alfred and how they developed, then summarizes his actual accomplishments, and compares them to the standard for greatness developed in the thesis.
Searing, Maureen Elizabeth, "Alfred of Wessex a study in accidental greatness." (2009). Master's Theses. Paper 3980.