Alfred the Great


King Alfred the Great (c. 844-899)

“A man cannot work on any enterprise without resources. In the case of the king, the resources and tools with which to rule are that he have his land fully manned: he must have praying men, fighting men and working men.”

  • From Alfred the Great’s loose and expanded translation of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, translated to modern English by Simon Keynes and Michael Lapidge (Penguin Classics, 2004).

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