THE CHRONICLE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD TO A.D. 975
•.D. 805—901.] KINO EDWARD. 87
destroyed by the people, and they divide the treasure among them.
After this, Sigeferth, the pirate, lands from his fleet in Northumbria, and twice devastates the coast, after which he returns home.
A. 895. When two years were completed, from the timethat an immensefleet came from Boulogne to Limnae, a town of the Angles, duke Ethelnoth set out from^THe western parts of the Angles, and goes from the city of York against the enemy, who devastate no small tracts of land in the kingdom of the Mercians, on the west of Stanford ; t. e. between the courses of the river Weolod* and a thick wood, called Ceoftefne.
A. 896. In the course of one year also, died Guthfrid, king of the Northumbrians, on the birth-day of Christ's apostle, St. Bartholomew, whose body is buried at York, in the high church.
A. 900. Meanwhile, after four years, from the time that the above-named king died, there was a great discord among the English, because the foul bands of the Danes still remained throughout Northumberland. Lastly, in the same year, king Alfred departed out of this world, that immoveable pillar of the Western Saxons, that man full of justice, bold in arms, learned in speech, and, above all other things, imbued with the divine instructions. For he had translated into his own language, out of Latin, unnumbered volumes, of so varied a nature, and so excellently, that the sorrowful book of Boethius seemed, not only to the learned, but even to those who heard it read, as it were, brought to life again. The monarch died on the seventh day before the solemnity of All Saints, and his body rests in peace in the city of Winton. Pray, Ο reader, to Christ our Redeemer, that he will save his soul !
CHÂP. IY.—Of the reign of king Edward, and of his ware.
A. 901. The successor to the throne was Edward, son of the above-named king. He was elected by the nobles, and crowned with the royal crown on Whitsunday, one hundred " years having elapsed since his great grandfather, Egbert,
* Welland, Northamptonshire.