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Alfred the Great constructing the first English Fleet.

Alfred the Great constructing the first English Fleet.
The Anglo-Saxons were skilled shipbuilders.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PZ3535
Description: During his reign, King Alfred (871-99) constructed a fleet of ships to resist Viking attacks, and in doing so became known as the 'Father of the English Navy'. The reign of Alfred was known for more than military success. He was a codifier of law, a promoter of education and a supporter of the arts. The king was also a scholar and translated Latin books into the Anglo-Saxon tongue. Alfred is the only English monarch in history to carry the title 'the Great'.
Creator: H. Warren (artist) and G. Cook (engraver)
Date: 19th century
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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