Alfred granted them their lives, and settled them in a part of his kingdom where nearly all his own people had been destroyed.
He hoped by this to change obstinate enemies into useful friends who would protect England from further attacks of their own countrymen.
However, some years later, when the Danes made another invasion, these people joined them in fighting against Alfred,
but he soon succeeded in driving them all out of the country.
Much as Alfred did for his people in war, he did more in time of peace.
Above all else he gave careful attention to their education.
He rebuilt the monasteries and aided the young University of Oxford。
He also founded many schools, to which every owner of a certain portion of land was compelled to send his children.
But he did as much good by the example that he set as by these acts.
凤凰快3His time was divided into three parts。
One was given to business, one to refreshment by sleep and food, and the third to study and devotion.
Clocks and watches, and probably even sundials, were then unknown, so these divisions were marked by burning candles of equal lengths.
Alfred did not study for his own pleasure merely, but translated and wrote many works for the good of his people, using the simple language which they could easily understand and enjoy。
His person was handsome and dignified, full of grace and activity.
But the more noble beauty was within, in the enlightened mind and virtuous heart of the king。
After his name, which has its place on an ancient record of English kings, is written the noble title of "Truth Teller."