Thursday, March 22, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 9th secular

Alfred the Great, 871-899
- another “high king” in England - bought peace from the raiders for a time and built up a navy - though almost overwhelmed by a great invasion in 878, he finally defeats the Danes - the country is divided between Alfred and the Danes - the Danes get the north and east of England, Alfred gets the south and west
- in 878-900, the Danes turn their attention north and begin uniting Scotland - Alfred concentrates on defense, and fortifies and garrisons London - he also reorganized the army, built little forts all over, reorganized the fyrd (militia, national guard), and forced those who were wealthy enough to afford a horse to become thegns (knights, mounted infantry) which formed the core of Alfred's army

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