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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1
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176 ROGER OF AVENDO VER. [A.D . 834. Egbert also vanquished Swithred, king of the East-Saxons, and drove him from his kingdom ; after which the kings of the West-Saxons possessed that kingdom. In the same year there fell a shower of corn from heaven in Gascony much like wheat, but the grains were round and shorter. In this year also died Egbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, and was suc ceeded by Eardulf. In the year of our Lord 829, Egbert, king of the West- Saxons, after possessing himself of all the southern king doms of England, led a mighty army into Northumberland, committing terrible ravages in that province, and putting king Eanred under tribute. In the year of our Lord 830, Egbert, the most potent king of the West-Saxons, led a numerous army into Wales, and received the voluntary submission of all the Welsh and their kings. In the same year, Egbert, king of the West-Saxons, moved with compassion, granted to Wilaf, king of the Mercians, that he should hold his kingdom of him under tribute. Gregory made pope. In the year of our Lord 831, Gregory sat in the Roman chair sixteen years. In the same year Wulsius, archbishop of York, paid the debt of nature, and was succeeded by Wimund. In the year of our Lord 832, died Wilfrid, archbishop of Canterbury, and was succeeded by Ceolnoth, who received the pall the following year. How the Danes ravaged the isle of sheep [Sheppey.'] In the year of our Lord 833, an army of infidel and piratical Danes, after being vanquished at Dunemuth and put to flight, ravaged Scapeia, i. e. the isle of sheep ; for the pagans landed there with twenty-five vessels, and having plundered the island, they sailed away, and landing at a place called Carr, gave themselves up to plunder and pillage, sparing neither sex. How the Danes routed king Egbert with great slaughter. In the year of our Lord 834, king Egbert assembled a mighty force, and proceeded in battle array against the


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