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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.B. 824—836.] KING EGBERT'S CONQUESTS. 21 into Kent, and with him bishop Ealstan and duke Wulf herd. They defeated the Kentish army, and pursued their king Baldred into the northern parts beyond the Thames. To whom the men of Kent are afterwards subjected, and also the provinces of Surrey and Sussex, that is, the midland and southern Angles. A. 824. For in the course of the same year the king of the East-Angles with the wise men of his realm, visits king Egbert, for the sake of peace and protection, on account of his fear of the Mercians. A. 825. In the course of that year the aforesaid East-Angles made war against Bernulf king of the Mercians, and having defeated his army they slew him and five dukes with him. His successor was Withlaf. A . 827. Two years afterwards, the moon was eclipsed on the very night of Christ's nativity. And in the same year king Egbert reduced under his power all that part of the kingdom which lies to the south of the river Humber : he was the eighth king in Britain who was famous for his great power. For the first was jElla king of the South-Angles, who possessed the same dominions as Egbert ; the second was Ceawlin king of the West-Angles ; the third Ethelbert king of Kent ; the fourth Redwald king of the East-Angles ; the fifth Edwin king of Northumbria ; the sixth Oswald ; the seventh Oswy brother of Oswald ; after whom the eighth Egbert, of whom we have made mention above. He led his army against the Northumbrians, who also bent their necks and submitted to him. A. 828. At the end of a year therefore, Withlaf again received the kingdom. At that time also, king Egbert led his army against the northern Britons, and when he had subdued all of them, he returned in peace. A . 832. After four years therefore the pagans devastated the territories of a place called Sceapige.* A. 833. After one year Egbert fought against the pagan fleet, in number thirty-five vessels, at a place called Carrum [Charmouth] : and the Danes obtained the victory. A. 836. Lastly after three years, a large army of Britons approached the frontiers of the West-Saxons : without de- The Isle of Sheppey.


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