Alfred the Great (* 848 or 849 in Wantage, Oxfordshire, 26 October
899), from 871 King of the West Saxons (Wessex) and about 886 from
the Anglo-Saxons. He was the youngest of the five sons of the late
858 West Saxon King AEthelwulf and his first wife Osburga. His
special importance for the English history is that after a
successful defense of the Vikings, he created the basis for a
unification of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms under the hegemony of
Wessex and promoted the Old English language and literature
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