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 The Rise & Fall of West Saxon

 

The Rise of West Saxon (Wessex)

 
  • West Saxon dominated the second half of the Old English period

 
  • Wessex emerged as the dominant and eventually unifying force in English politics

 
  • The bulk of the surviving documents from the Anglo-Saxon period are written in the dialect of Wessex

 
  • Its elevation was prompted by the need to standardise the language of government to reduce the difficulty of administering the more remote areas of the kingdom

 
  • King Alfred was passionate about the spread of the vernacular

 
  • He brought many scribes to his region from Mercia in order that previously unwritten texts be recorded

 
  • Alfred initiated an ambitious programme to translate religious materials into English

 
  • Alfred himself seems to have translated books out of Latin and into English, notably Pope Gregory I's treatise on administration, "Pastoral Care"

 

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