Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred & Other by Anonymous, Simon Keynes

By Anonymous, Simon Keynes

Asser's lifetime of King Alfred, written in 893, is a revealing account of 1 of the best of medieval kings. Composed by means of a monk of St David's in Wales who grew to become Bishop of Sherborne in Alfred's carrier and labored with him in his efforts to restore faith and studying in his state, this lifestyles is one of the earliest surviving royal biographies. it truly is an admiring account of King Alfred's existence, written in soaking up aspect - chronicling his battles opposed to Viking invaders and his fight to extend the energy and data of his humans, and to unite his humans at a time of clash, uncertainty and warfare.

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Opponents of Richard II, known as the Lords Appel lant, curtail the King舗s authority. Several of the King舗s sup porters, including poet Thomas Usk, are executed. 1389 Richard II appoints Chaucer clerk of the King舗s Works. 1390 Chaucer supervises the building of the scaffolding to be used for the Smithfield jousts. 1394 Richard II awards Chaucer an annuity of ţ20 per year. 1396 John of Gaunt marries his longtime mistress, Katherine Swynford, Philippa Chaucer舗s sister. 139999 Richard II is deposed, and Henry Bolingbroke accedes to the throne as Henry IV.

It follows that a cloud of uncertainty, varying in extent and density, must hang over all critical judgments about the meaning and effect of this radically incomplete, but still quite brilliant, collection of tales within their framing fiction. Analysis The Canterbury Tales as we possess it contains twenty-four tales舒some incomplete舒gathered into ten fragments (at least according to the Ellesmere text), headed by a prologue that establishes the pilgrimage to Canterbury as the occasion for a tale-telling contest, and offers the narrator舗s more or less detailed descriptions of almost all the pilgrims.

The merchant oligarchy that controlled London politics was challenged (successfully for a time) by an alliance of lesser guilds led by John of Northampton. In 1381 there was the Great Rising (formerly known as the Peasants舗 Revolution), a mass and often violent protest by peasants, urban artisans, and minor gentry against the radically unequal distribution of power and resources in English society. In the latter part of the decade, frequent threats of French invasion agitated Londoners. Above all, young King Richard II (Edward III舗s grandson, who had inherited the throne at age eleven) was caught up in power struggles with Parliament and with several of the great barons of the realm.

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