Visual Timeline: Alfred the Great
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849 CE - 899 CE: Life of King Alfred the Great.
865 CE - 871 CE: Alfred serves as military commander under his brother King Aethelred against Viking raiders.
871 CE - 899 CE: Reign of King Alfred the Great of Wessex.
871 CE: Alfred becomes king of Wessex following Aethelred's death.
878 CE: Vikings take Chippenham in surprise attack; Alfred driven into exile.
878 CE: Alfred mobilizes his forces and defeats Vikings at the Battle of Eddington.
880 CE - 886 CE: Alfred implements his famous reforms of military, law, education, and infrastructure of Britain.
886 CE: Alfred takes London from the Vikings; is recognized as king outside of Wessex.
899 CE: Death of Alfred the Great; succeeded by his son Edward.