His Last Wish

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Title

His Last Wish

Subject

Alfred of Wessex, Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon, Broadford, The Broadford Courier and Reedy Creek Times, England, law, slavery, VIC, Victoria, Wessex, West Saxons, wills

Description

An article on page 5 of the Victorian newspaper The Broadford Courier and Reedy Creek Times on June 20, 1902. The anonymous article is about the will of Alfred the Great, king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex in southern England. It mentions that the last section of Alfred’s will includes a wish that the slaves still on his lands that had not been freed during his lifetime are made free (redeemed) following his death, and that those he had already freed were to remain free. It also makes the interesting point that Alfred had his wish ratified by the West Saxon nobles. The article follows directly after another article titled ‘Alfred the Great’, about the use of entail in Alfred’s will.

Alfred’s will can be found in translation in Simon Keynes & Michael Lapidge, eds., Alfred the Great: Asser’s Life of Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources (Penguin, London, 1983), pp. 173-8.

Creator

Anon.

Source

National Library of Australia

Publisher

The Broadford Courier, and Reedy Creek Times

Date

20 June 1902

Rights

No Copyright

Format

Newspaper Article; PDF

Language

English

Document Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Newspaper article; PDF. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59193754

Citation

“His Last Wish,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed January 28, 2023, https://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/550.