Aethelstan : The First King of England Paperback
by Sarah Foot
Part of the The Yale English Monarchs Series series
In this nuanced portrait of Athelstan, Sarah Foot offers the first full account of the king ever written.
She traces his life through the various spheres in which he lived and worked, beginning with the intimate context of his family, then extending outward to his unusual multi-ethnic royal court, the Church and his kingdom, the wars he conducted, and finally his death and legacy.
Foot describes a sophisticated man who was not only a great military leader but also a worthy king.
He governed brilliantly, developed creative ways to project his image as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and gift exchanges to cement alliances with the leading royal and ducal houses of Europe.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 284 pages, b/w pls
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 17/08/2012
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780300187717