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For Foot, Aethelstan was a sophisticated man, a great military leader, so essential for a medieval monarch but also a worthy king. He governed very effectively and developed creative and original ways to project his image as a ruler. He also devised strategic marriage treaties and gift exchanges to cement alliances with the leading royal and ducal houses of Europe. In this excellent biography, Athelstan's legacy is seen in the new light that is inextricably connected to the forging of England and early English identity.
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