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This chapter seeks to add new scholarship in the study of Alfred, his times, and the artistic and literary productions associated with the king and his court. Debates about Alfred's authorship generally remain traditional. Michel Foucault notes that Jerome had four criteria for establishing authorship: consistent merit, consistent doctrine, consistent style, and historical consistency. Alfred the Great's role in various accomplishments and texts can be hard to discern, and it may not always conform to modern understandings of the author. The designation of "Alfred" allows us to group certain texts together and place others outside the group, as Foucault notes the name of the author does. A growing body of scholarship on Alfred reflects the importance of the intellectual and literary work ascribed to him and to his sponsorship as well as the significance of political, military, and artistic work of his era.

Keywords: Alfred the Great; Michel Foucault



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