After making peace with the Danes in England

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After making peace with the Danes in England (885), Alfred the Great (r. 871-899) of Wessex  reorganized Anglo-Saxon military levies and rose a navy. His son Edward the Elder (r. 899-925)  and grandson Aethelstan (r. 925-939) conquered the Danelaw, ruling as far north as Edinburgh.  Danish residents kept most of their own traditions and smallholder farming arrangements. In  Wessex and conquered areas, shires were the administrative districts. Because of a lack of feudal  fragmentation, monarch-election was kept to the Alfredian line. The king had estates in every  region of the kingdom, and all Anglo-Saxon freemen owed him military service. Every shire had  a centrally appointed agent to assure proper collection of revenue, provision of royal justice, and  services. These were called  shire-revee s, or sheriffs. As well, the king appointed bishops and  abbots himself, using their administrative skills. The sheriff, bishop, and an 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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