Alfred the Great One of Only Two Kings to be Named ‘Great’ in English History

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Alfred the Great was a king of Wessex, and the first king of the Anglo-Saxons. Alfred is one of only two English rulers to have been given the epithet ‘the Great’ (the other being Cnut the Great) and is often remembered as one of England’s greatest Anglo-Saxon rulers. It was thanks to Alfred that England was not completely conquered by the Vikings. Additionally, Alfred encouraged learning and literacy, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles , an important source of information for the history of Anglo-Saxon England, began during his reign.