Cultural Difference and the Meaning of Latinity in Asser’s Life of King Alfred

  • David Townsend
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Asser’s biography of Alfred the Great of Wessex is often read as a principal site of ninth-century West Saxon hegemonic consolidation. Yet at the same time, this essay argues, its rhetorical pragmatics encode an implicit, and often overlooked, assertion of continued cultural diversity in Britain.


Cultural Capital Symbolic Capital Linguistic Difference Modern Scholarship Latin Translation 
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