By Athelstan (England, König); Foot, Sarah Rosamund Irvine; King of England Athelstan
The strong and leading edge King Æthelstan reigned simply in brief (924-939), but his achievements in the course of these eventful fifteen years replaced the process English heritage. He received wonderful army victories (most particularly at Brunanburh), solid unheard of political connections throughout Europe, and succeeded in developing the 1st unified country of the English. to assert for him the identify of "first English monarch" isn't any exaggeration.
In this nuanced portrait of Æthelstan, Sarah Foot deals the 1st complete account of the king ever written. She lines his lifestyles in the course of the a variety of spheres during which he lived and labored, starting with the intimate context of his relations, then extending outward to his strange multiethnic royal court docket, the Church and his country, the wars he performed, and eventually his demise and legacy. Foot describes a worldly guy who used to be not just a superb army chief but additionally a worthwhile king. He ruled brilliantly, constructed artistic how one can undertaking his photograph as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and reward exchanges to cement alliances with the major royal and ducal homes of Europe. Æthelstan's legacy, visible within the new gentle of this masterful biography, is inextricably attached to the very forging of britain and early English identification
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A first chapter therefore supplies an overarching narrative of the king's life and his achievements, dwelling on his claims to kingship over the whole English people. Thereafter, the book has a spatial design, taking our enquiry outwards in a series of ever-widening circles beginning with the most intimate (familial) contexts in which we might hope to observe the child and then the man, and progressing ultimately on to the widest national and international stages. Biological inheritance and the dynamics of the immediate family play key roles in the early development of any child's psyche, serving to form his character and personality before wider social and environmental factors come into play to shape and mould those in new directions.
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