Alfred the Great, king of all England, defeater of the Danes, friend to all people, what’s his deal? Alfred the Great was intelligent a great military leader and he was one of the greatest rulers of all of England, and was able to make peace where there was conflict. Alfred the Great was able to read, think under the heat of battle and think outside of himself to other people’s opinions. Alfred the Great was the youngest of five brothers and yet he was the smartest. One day Alfred’s mother showed him and his brothers a book, she had a contest to see who could read the book best in one week. Alfred’s brothers didn’t think that he could do it, because he was younger than them. From then on Alfred had a thirst for knowledge.
(John H. Haaren pg. 135-135)
When Alfred The Great was only twenty-two he took control in 871 when his brother Ethelred died suddenly without notice. Alfred bribed the Danish Vikings to leave in 871 after 9 brutal battles. In five years the Danes returned and started to raid the Wessex camps. Alfred had to flee from his kingdom and hide. A year or so later he returned with three or four thousand men and conquered the Danes in the Battle at Edington in 878. Alfred then took his place as the King of England. (Pg 77-80, Cootes R. J.)
Alfred The Great was pronounced king on very short notice when his brother died, but was able to talk his way out of fighting for a period of time. Alfred The Great had a strong army when the Danes started to invade his kingdom but after the summer of 871 he bribed them to leave so that he would not use up resources and energy. In 878 Alfred’s army was caught off guard and fled, so did Alfred to build his army, which was a brilliant decision. Alfred used intelligent battle strategy and won the battle in the end. Being of good heart Alfred spared the Danes lives and converted them to Christianity.
(Pg 77-80, Cootes R. J.)
In conclusion Alfred The Great was an intelligent, strategic, and determined man. He was determined in beating Guthrum. He was overall smart. And he had strategic maneuvers. This is why Alfred the Great was, well, great.