Events & Speakers | Posted 14.11.2016

Alfred – King of the Anglo Saxons.

On Wednesday 9th November Stonyhurst College welcomed back Dr Mike Raw. On his last visit Dr Raw had spoken on the Armenian Massacre of 1915.  Last time he spoke about Alfred, King of the Anglo-Saxons.

In a very thorough and scholarly talk, Dr Raw presented the view that King Alfred held a very clear, Christian conception of his duty to exercise public power over his people in a responsible, moral way that would protect them from the assault of heathen enemies and guide them in Godly ways to salvation. Using a wealth of sources, Dr Raw expounded upon the life of King Alfred in an engaging and superbly well organised manner. Of particular interest was the focus on how visual representations of Alfred from the Victorians emphasised the restorative and progressive aspects of the reign in ways which mirrored the ideals of their age.

There was a good turnout for the talk with a wide range of ages represented. Overall, it was a stimulating and thought-provoking evening and we are grateful to Dr Raw for enlightening us about an interesting and perhaps under-studied area of History.