By Sarah Foot
The robust and leading edge King ?thelstan reigned basically in short (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English heritage. He received dazzling army victories (most particularly at Brunanburh), cast remarkable political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in developing the 1st unified state of the English. to say for him the identify of "first English monarch" is not any exaggeration.In this nuanced portrait of ?thelstan, Sarah Foot deals the 1st complete account of the king ever written. She lines his existence throughout the a variety of spheres within which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his kin, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal courtroom, the Church and his state, the wars he performed, and eventually his dying and legacy. Foot describes a worldly guy who used to be not just a good army chief but in addition a helpful king. He ruled brilliantly, built inventive how one can venture his picture as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and present exchanges to cement alliances with the major royal and ducal homes of Europe. ?thelstan's legacy, obvious within the new mild of this masterful biography, is inextricably hooked up to the very forging of britain and early English id.
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Whether this reflects an early aspiration on the new king’s part to unify greater Wessex and all Mercia into a single realm, or rather an ‘improvement’ of the form found in the earlier version of the text, normalizing his royal style to the one used consistently from 927, onwards, is less clear. 802–939’, PhD thesis, University of Sheffield, 2007, 339. 66 For the charters of ‘Æthelstan A’ see ch. 3. Apparently authentic ‘Æthelstan A’ charters that describe the king as rex Anglorum are: S 399–400, 403, 405, 407, 412–13, 416, 418a, 418–19, 422–3.
31 Dealings with his neighbours, especially in Britain with the kingdom of Northumbria and with Frankia across the Channel, preoccupied Æthelstan at the start of his reign, as did the necessity to make suitable provision for the future of the remarkably large number of sisters and half-sisters with whom his father had thought fit to provide him. Just five months after his coronation, in January 926, Æthelstan arranged for his only known full sister to marry Sihtric, the Danish king in York. They met to contract the marriage at the Mercian capital of Tamworth, deep in Æthelstan’s realm, not on a border, where treaties were more conventionally negotiated.
390–1; ch. 6. 53 Flodoard 18A (936); see further below, ch. 6. 54 The Old English Version of the Heptateuch: Ælfric’s Treatise on the Old and New Testament and his Preface to Genesis, ed. S. J. Crawford (London, 1922), 416–17. 50 51 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 3 4 45x 46x 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 3 4 45 46x Æ T H E L S TA N any other capacity than as victor, just as their immediate bodyguard would expect to die with their lord rather than face the ignominy of a lifetime as beaten survivors.