In 892, the vikings returned - and found a very different, much better prepared Wessex waiting for them. Until in 899, Alfred died to be succeeded by his Son, Edward, who would in the end turn the tables on the Vikings.
Views of Alfred
Athelweard was an Earldorman of the Western Shires in the late 10th Century, basing his work on a lost version of the ASC. His chronicles describe Alfred as
‘unshakeable pillar of the western people, and man replete with justice, vigorous in warfare, learned in speech, above all instructed in divine learning.’
Bishop Wulfsige described his as:
‘the greatest treasure giver of all the kings he has ever heard tell of . .’
And of course his biographer Asser should have a word:
"From the cradle onwards, in spite of all the demands of the present life, it has been the desire for wisdom, more than anything else, together with the nobility of his birth, which have characterized the nature of his noble mind"
Finally, let’s give Winston Churchill have a go at his view:
‘We discern across the centuries a commanding and versatile intelligence, wielding with equal force the sword of war and of justice; using in defence arms and policy; cherishing religion, learning, and art in the midst of adversity and danger; welding together a nation, and seeking always across the feuds and hatreds of the age a peace which would smile upon the land’