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why did King Alfred convert to Christianity?

Author : Lavishka

Submitted : 2018-02-26 00:01:16    Popularity:     

Tags: Alfred  King  Christianity  convert  

was he a pure Anglo Saxon btw? or was he maybe a mixture of Celtic-Romano people that were there previous? (as they WERE Christian already mostly?) Update: & how he went about enforcing or not Christianity on the people he ruled over?

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Born a Christian, Alfred the Great (849 AD - 899 AD) http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_fi...

Alfred didn't convert - he was a Christian from birth, and even visited Rome as a child.

By ancestry he was Anglo-Saxon, being descended from the royal house of Wessex.

He had no need to enforce Christianity in his domains, as it was already the universal religion - and had been for centuries.

As other people have told you Alfred didn't convert he was born into a Christian family, and baptised as an infant. He ruled over a Christian people so he didn't have to enforce Christianity on them. When he beat the Danish Vikings at the Battle of Edington, and chased them to their stronghold at Chippenham he demanded that Guthrum, their leader, convert to Christianity, which he and twenty nine of his chief men duly did, Guthrum taking the baptismal name of Athelstane.
You could get rid of a lot of you mis-perceptions about Anglo-Saxons, Vilkings, etc by reading some simple English history.

He didn't convert, he came from a Christian family and was sent to Rome at the age of four for confirmation. There are no Romano British in his ancestors they are all Angles Saxons or jutes

He wanted to steal a march on the popular Danelaw.

that is what his trading partners demanded of him



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