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What Do We Know About Alfred – The Sources











                        • Asser’s biography provides far more information about Alfred

                            than is known about any other early English ruler.




                        • Asser was a Welsh monk who became bishop of Sherborne in

                            the 890’s.



                        • In about 885 he was asked by Alfred to join the circle of learned


                            men whom Alfred was recruiting for his court.



                        • In 893 Asser wrote a biography of Alfred that is the main source


                            of information about Alfred’s life.
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