Athelney, Isle of (ăthˈəlnē) [key], small area formerly surrounded by marshland, Somerset, SW England. King Alfred took refuge from the Danes there in 878 and founded a Benedictine abbey in 888. Relics have been found, including the Alfred Jewel, now in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford.
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