Alfred the GreatAlfred the Great 849 CE to 899 CE - Alfred was the son of the King of Wessex, Aethelwulf. After the death of his father his three older brothers Aethelbald, Aethelbert, and Aethelred all had short reigns. Once Alfred became king, England was under siege by Danish Vikings. His military tactics forced a peace with the Danes, that gave him the opportunity to bolster his forces and strengthen his alliance with the other Anglo-Saxon kings. Alfred was the first to take the title "King of the Anglo-Saxons".