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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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lay they form themselves into a compact body, and carry their arms against Egbert king of the Angles. Egbert therefore having ascertained the state of things beforehand, assembled his army and twice imbued their weapons in the blood of the Britons at Hengeston,* and put them to flight. A. 837. At the end of a year the powerful king Egbert died. CHAP. III.—Of the reign of Ethelwulf and of his deeds. After his death, Athulff succeeded to the throne of his father Egbert, and he delivered up the kingdom of Kent to his son Athelstan, together with East-Saxony, South-Saxony, and Surrey, i. e. the eastern, southern and midland parts. A. 838. After one year, duke Wulfherd fought with the pagan fleet near the town of Hamptun [Southampton], and having slain many of them gained the victory : the number of ships in the fleet was thirty-three. After this exploit the duke himself died in peace. The same year duke Ethelhelm, with the people of the province of Dorset, fought another battle against the pagan army at Port, and pursued them some distance : but afterwards the Danes were victorious, and slew the duke and his companions with him. A. 839. After one year duke Herebert was slain by the Danes at Merswarum ;$ and the same year a great slaughter was made by that army in the city of Lindsey, and in the province of Kent, and in East Anglia. A. 840. Also after one year; the same thing took place in the city of London, in Quintanwic [Canterbury], and in the town of Rochester. A. 841. Meanwhile, after one year king Ethelwulf fought against the Danes at a place called Charmouth, by whom also he was vanquished, and the victors kept possession of the ground. A. 844. Three years afterwards duke Eanwulf, who governed the province of Somerset, and bishop Ealstan also, and Osric duke of Dorset, fought a battle against the pagans at the mouth of the Parret before-mentioned ; where • Hengston-hill, Cornwall. t Generally called Ethelwulf by modern writers. J Romney Marsh.


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