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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
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32 ANNALS OF KOGER BE HOVEBEN. A.D. 817. In the fourth year after this, died Ethelred, archbishop of Canterbury, and was succeeded by "Wilfred, and two years after, Cuthred, king of Kent, departed this life. In the following year, Hardulph, king of Northumbria, was expelled from his kingdom. In the fourteenth year of his reign, Egbert overran the territories of the Britons58 from east to west, and there was no one who could even attempt to make resistance to his prowess. In the year after this, Charles, king of the Franks and emperor of the Bomans, departed this life ; and in the following year, Saint Leo, the pope, having died, Stephen succeeded him, who in his turn was succeeded by Paschal. Shortly after this, Kenwulph, king of Mercia, departed this life, and was succeeded by Ceolwulph ; but in the third year after this, he lost his kingdom, and Beornwulph gained possession of it. In the fourteenth29 year of his reign, Egbert fought a battle with Beornwulph, king of Mercia, at Ellendune,30 by reason of which, an old saying mentions that, " The river Ellendune was red with gore, choked up with carnage, and stinking with putrefaction." After a very great slaughter there of both nations, Egbert was the melancholy conqueror. After this, pursuing his successes, he sent his son Ethelwulph, who afterwards became king, and bishop Alcstan,31 and earl "Walhard, with a great army, into Kent ; on which they drove Balred, the king, beyond the Thames. King Egbert then received the people of Surrey, and Kent, and Sussex under his subjection, of whom his kinsman, Pren, had formerly been unjustly deprived. In this year also, the king of East Anglia, together with his people, acknowledged king Egbert as his protector ; and after this, in the same year, the East Angles slew Bernulph, king of the Mercians, who was succeeded by Ludecen. In the same year there was a very great battle between the Britons32 and the people of Devonshire, at Gavelford,33 where-many thousands of men were slain on both sides. In the following year, Ludecen, king of Mercia, and five earls, were slain. 28 The people of North Wales. !* This should be " twenty-fourth." 30 Supposed to have been near Winchester, though Highworth, in Wiltshire, and Hillingdon, in Middlesex, have been suggested. 31 Of Sherborne. 32 The Welsh. 33 Camelford, in Cornwall.


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