The story of the wax tapers is related both by Asser and William of Malmesbury, differing a little in the unessential parts of it.
I have been unable to discover what is meant by feri and Asser.
Other words explained are tignum, Asser, διοικησις; and then Agricola proceeds to correct a number of mistakes in Hegius' letter.
Asser was a Welsh bishop, brought to Wessex to help the king in his work.
The original therefore apparently belongs to some date before 970, when Edmund died (cf. Stevenson's Asser, 158, note).
Hence it is said, that Alfred gave to Asser the whole parish (omnis parochia) of Exeter.
To Asser he gave the general superintendence of education, not merely for laymen, but for priests.
For instructors indeed he could find only a few Mercian prelates and priests, with one Welsh bishop, Asser.
The principal authority referred to for his reign is Asser, whose work, there is reason to believe, is not genuine.
That Asser was a dependent on his subject and very much in love with him, doubtless gave a very strong bias to the book.