Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources

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The socialist ideals of the early twentieth century argued for a radical overhaul of architectural philosophy, reasserting the value of public space and redefining all forms of creative endeavor towards the benefit of the collective. These ideals were realized in the design of public buildings, streets and squares, as well as in films, literature and the visual arts. Urban planning under Eastern European Socialism is consequently inseparable from its ideological aspirations, and while its governmental structure may have collapsed, its architectural expressions remain. Over the last decade, however, many classic buildings of this era have been stripped of their political import, being repurposed or even destroyed. The Post Socialist City reveals that many cities across Eastern Europe remain dominated by the industrial complexes and panel buildings erected by Socialism, and analyzes the implications of the uses to which they have subsequently been put.

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User Review  - Medievalgirl - LibraryThing

This book is a valuable and fascinating resource shedding light on the life and career on King Alfred of Wessex, who became known (in my opinion deservedly so) in later centuries as ‘The Great’. In ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The Book contains Asser's Life of the king, and selections from Alfred's own writings on philosophical subjects. This is a good source book and was fittingly translated. The life was written in 893. Read full review

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About the author (1983)

Little is known of Asser beyond this work.

Simon Keynes is Reader in Anglo-Saxon History at Cambridge University. He is the author of The Diplomas of King Aethelred 'the Unready' and of numerous articles on Anglo-Saxon history.

Michael Lapidge is Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Clare College. He has translated the Latin writings of Aldhelm and is the author of numerous books on Latin literature.

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