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FABIUS ETHELWERD THE CHRONICLE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO A.D. 975

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FABIUS ETHELWERD
THE CHRONICLE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO A.D. 975
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A.D. 597—605.] DEATH OF POPE GREGORY. 11 of Ermenric, whose grandfather was Ochta, who bore the praenomen of Eisc,* from which the kings of Kent were afterwards named Esings, as the Eomans from Romulus, the Cecropidse from Cecrops, and the Tuscans from Tuscus. For Eisc was the father of Hengist, who was the first consul and leader of the Angles out of Germany ; whose father was Wihtgils/his grandfather Witta, his great-grandfather Wecta, his great-grandfather's father Woden, who also was king of many nations, whom some of the pagans now still worship as a god. And the number of years that was completed from the incarnation of our Lord was four years less, than six hundred.! CHAP. IIL— O f Ceolwulf, king of the West-Saxons, and of his continued ware. A. 597. At the end of one year, Ceolwulf began to reign over the Western English4 His family was derived from Woden ; and so great was his ferocity that he is said to have been always at war, either with his own nation or with the Britons, or the Picts or Scots. CHAP. IV.— Concerning Augustine's pall of apostleship sent him by pope Gregory. A. 601. When he had reigned four years, pope Gregory gent to Augustine the pall of apostleship. CHAP. V.— O f the faith of the East-Saxons, and of the decease of the blessed pope Gregory. A. 604. After three years, the eastern English § also received baptism in the reign of Sigebert [Sabert] their king. A. 606. Two years afterwards, the blessed pope Gregory departed this world, in the eleventh year after he had bestowed baptism on the English by sending among them Christ's servant Augustine. And the number of years that • See William of Malmsbury, b. i. c. 1, p. 12, note. t A.D. 59b". X West-Saxons is the more correct term ; but Ethelwerd often uses the more general name Angles or English, for all the tribes settled in England. § Orientales Angli is the expression of Ethelwerd, but it should be Orientales Saxones, whose king's name is generally written Sabert. See preceding note.


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