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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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*.D. 891 -893.J DEFEAT OF THE DANES. among the East-Angles, since he there also had held the first station. In the same year, the aforesaid army of barbarians removed from the river Seine to a place called Santlaudah,* situated between the Bretons and the Franks ; but the Bretons met them in arms, and obtained the victory, and followed them to the windings of a certain river, and there not a few of them were drowned in the waters. A. 891. One year afterwards, the bands of the aforesaid army visited the eastern parts of France ; king Arnulf met them ; a fight of cavalry took place before the fleets arrived. An army of eastern Franks came up, Saxons and Bavarians ; the pagans spread their sails to flee. In the same year, three chosen men of Hibernian race, burning with piety, leave their country : they privately form a boat by sewing ox-hides ; they put into it provisions for a week ; they sail seven days and seven nights, and arrive on the shores of Cornwall : here they left their fleet, which had been guided, not by the strength of their arms, but by the power of Him who rules all things, and set out for the court of king Alfred, who with his senate rejoice in their coming. From thence they proceed to Rome, and, as is customary with teachers of Christ, they essay to go thence to Jerusalem :f ... . Their names were, Dubslane, the first ; Macbeth, the second jMaelinmun, the third,flourishing in the arts, skilled in letters, and a distinguished master of the Scots. Also in the same year, after Easter a comet appeared, which some think to be an omen of foul times, which have already past ; but it is the most approved theory of philosophers, that they foretel future things, as has been tried in many ways. A. 893. One year after the barbarians fought against king Arnulf, they go to Boulogne, and there build afleet, and pass over into England. There they station theirfleet in the Limnean port, at a place called Apoldre [ Appledore, in the eastern part of Kent,] and destroy an ancient castle, because there was but a small band of rustics within, and there they make their winter camp. In the course of this year, a largefleet belonging to Hasten arrives on the banks of the river Thames, * Saint Lo. f I omit this obecure passage rather than run the risk of misleading the reader by an inaccurate translation of it. D2


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