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- "Henceforth I aim to improve our lot by harmozing the average man with the order of the universe. To walk him down a quiet road, to lead him to safe and sober thoughts, to quiet his mind and cool his impassioned heart. Be he God-fearing or God-less, this new Order will encompass all and seek to improve man by aligning his needs with the ebb and flow of nature itself. This is my hope. This is my vow."
- ―Alfred in his commentary.[src]
Alfred the Great (Old English: Aelfrēd; c. 849 – 899), also known as Alfred of Wessex, was King of Wessex from 871 to 886 and later King of the Anglo-Saxons from c. 886 to 899. During his reign, he repelled the Viking invasions and laid the foundation for what became the Kingdom of England.
Secretly, he was also the Grand Maegester of the Order of the Ancients in England, a position he inherited from his brother after his death, and before that, his father Aethelwulf. A role which he considered as defiling Christianity and God, Alfred worked on a plan to eliminate the Order from within, though the Viking invasion of England delayed his plans.
After the viking and Hidden Ones ally Eivor, with whom Alfred developed a complicated relationship, eradicated the Order's agents in England, Alfred left the Order of Ancients behind. He instead focused his attention to building a new order that could replace it, more compatible with his Christian principles, which would rapidly develop into the Templar Order.
Alfred was born as the youngest son of King Aethelwulf of Wessex and Osburh. As a child, Alfred accompanied his father to Rome, where he met and was blessed by Pope Leo IV. The pope recounted to Alfred his victory against Saracen pirates at the Battle of Ostia in 849, which made a lasting impression on the young boy. As the youngest of the brothers in the family, little expectations were placed on Alfred of becoming king, so he devoted himself to learning and scholarly pursuits.
In the late 860s, Wessex became subjected to Viking raids from the north by the Great Heathen Army which led Alfred to fight alongside his brother Aethelred, who became king in 865. Alfred proved himself a capable commander, scoring victories at the battles of Reading, Ashdown and Wilton.
Reign as king
Behind the scenes
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla (first appearance)