Hume’s Estimate of Alfred

Book 2, Chapter 5, 878 AD to 901 AD – Alfred’s Educational Efforts

When I thought earnestly upon this subject, I began to wonder greatly that those illustrious scholars who, in by gone days, flourished in England, and who so thoroughly understood those works of learning which were within their reach, never translated any part of them into their native tongue. But I soon answered myself and said, that these, our ancestors, never thought that any of their descendants would be so reckless, or that learning would ever have so much fallen, and so intentionally omitted the translation of any of those writings, in order that more languages might be known by our countrymen. Then it came into my mind that the law of God was first revealed in the Hebrew tongue, and that after the Greeks had learned it, they turned it, together with many other books, into their own language, and the Latin men likewise, when they had learned it, they, by wise interpreters, turned it into their own tongue, and in like manner, almost every Christian people have caused Bomb part of it to be translated into their own language.

Chapter 5, Alfred’s Fortifications

Effects of the Danish Ravages

Alfred’s Measures for the Defence of the Country



New Attacks under Hasting

Chapter 5, Revolt in the Danelagh

Revolt in the Danelagh

Four Years of Conflict

Chapter 5, Alfred’s Educational Efforts

Ultimate Success

Hume’s Estimate of Alfred

His care for Internal Prosperity of the Country

State of Learning

Educational Efforts

Asser’s Friendship

His Computation and Division of Time

Chapter 5, Alfred’s Industry and Zeal

Alfred’s Industry and zeal

Application of his Revenue

Chapter 5, Saxon Laws

The Domboc

Saxon Laws

Alfred’s Watchfulness over the Executive

Origin of Jury

Divisions of the Country

Chapter 5, Summary of Alfred’s Character

The king’s Illness and Death

His Will

Summary of Character


Categories: Book 2

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