Chapter 5, Alfred’s Industry and Zeal

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National and Domestic History of England, Magna Charta, writen by W.H.S. Aubrey in 1869.

Book 2, Chapter 5, 878 AD to 901 AD – Alfred’s Industry and Zeal

Alfred was not content with enjoining literary work upon his clergy and his people he illustrated and enforced his precepts by example. Having acquired the Latin tongue he diligently read the authors of ancient Rome, and made copious extracts and careful analyses of their writings. His friend and biographer records that “on a certain day (A.D. 887) we were talking, as we were wont, on divers subjects, and I chanced to read a quotation out of a book. He listened most attentively, and giving me a book which he carried in his bosom, in which Read More >>>

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