ERIC Number: EJ1021764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Alfred of Wessex at a Cross-Roads in the History of Education
Nelson, Janet L.
History of Education, v42 n6 p697-712 2013
This paper first situates King Alfred in Winchester, in Wessex, in Anglo-Saxon England, and in the Christendom of the ninth century. Attention is drawn to Alfred's education, which included experience of court life in Wessex, Rome and Francia. The paper argues that Alfred prioritised vernacular literacy as a means of educating elites in a shared culture of service. This project required the attraction to his kingdom of scholars from abroad, the translating of foundational Christian texts into Old English, and the use of the court as a school. The king provided the context, and the resources, for supporting craftsmen engaged in the manufacture of, among other items, book-pointers, small high-value objects intimately associated with literacy and at the same time badges of service as well as of honour. The concluding section assesses Alfred's sustained promotion of his educational project as connected to the rest of his political and ideological agenda.
Descriptors: Educational History, Foreign Countries, Translation, Christianity, Biblical Literature, Literacy, Advantaged, Educational Philosophy, Old English, Ideology, Social Systems, Medieval History
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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