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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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20 ETHELWEKD'S CHRONICLE. [A.D. CHAP. II.— O f the reign of Egbert, and hie deeds. Therefore Egbert is raised to the kingdom of the West-Saxons. On the very same day, as king Ethelmund was passing through a farm, Wiccum, intending to go to a ford called Cynemaeresford [Kempsford], duke Woxstan met him there with the centuries of the inhabitants of the province of Wilssetum [Wiltshire]. Both of them fell in the battle, but the Wilsaetae remained the victors. Also, down to the time that Egbert received the kingdom, there were completed from the beginning of the world 5995 years, from the incarnation of our Lord 800 years, from the coming of Hengist and Horsa into Britain 350 years, from the reign of Cerdic, the tenth ancestor of king Egbert, when he subdued the western part of Britain, 300 years, and from the coming of Augustine, who was sent by the blessed pope Gregory to baptize the English nation, 204 years : and in the tenth year afterwards the holy father Gregory died. A. 805. After king Egbert had reigned five years, was the death of Cuthred king of Kent. A. 812. In the seventh year Charles, king of the Franks, departed this life. A. 814. After two years, the blessed pope Leo passed from one virtue to another. A. 819. After five years, Kenulf king of the Mercians died. A. 821. His successor was Ceolwulf, who was deprived of the kingdom two years afterwards. A. 822. A year afterwards a great synod was held at a place called Cloveshoo,* and two dukes were there slain Burhelm and Mucca. A. 823. After one year a battle was fought against the Britons in the province of Defna [Devonshire], at a place called Camelford. In the same year king Egbert fought a battle against Bernulf king of the Mercians at Ellendune,f and Egbert gained the victory : but there was a great loss on both sides ; and Hun duke of the province of Somerset was there slain : he lies buried in the city of Winchester. Lastly, king Egbert sent his son Ethelwulf with an army Near Rochester, Kent. f Wilton.


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