Introduce your students to a true English hero who saved 9th-century England and Anglo-Saxon culture from Danish raiders. The richness of the Anglo-Saxon culture that Alfred fought to preserve is illustrated with documents your students will want to touch and study — pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels, a picture of the Alfred jewel, a display of coins, workable scale models of a church and a ship, a classroom poster on warfare. Historian: David Johnson. The contents of this Jackdaw feature: Broadsheets
Brief account of Alfred of Wessex’s life
- Muddle and manuscripts: Difficulties of interpreting Alfred’s life from limited sources
- Under the Golden Dragon: System of raising armies and men for the navy
- Alfred’s England
- Full-time king: Alfred’s achievements
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
Map of Anglo-Saxon England with key to present-day names.
- Two pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels.
- Four pages from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle covering some of Alfred’s battles with the Danes.
- Translation of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle on Alfred’s reign.
- The treaty between Alfred and Guthrum in which Alfred extends the boundaries of Wessex.
- Alfred’s introduction to his translation of “Cura Pasoralis.”
- Translation of “Cura Pasoralis” with word-for-word gloss of the first page.
- Picture sheet of Anglo-Saxon coins from the time of Alfred.
- Anglo-Saxon art and architecture.
- The Alfred jewel.
- The Anglo-Saxon wall painting excavated at Winchester.
- Model of the church of St. Lawrence, Bradford-upon-Avon.
- Model of an Anglo-Saxon ship.
- Anglo-Saxon warfare — a picture sheet.