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Saron Chronicle that king Beorhtric unwittingly tasted of the poison, though the queen intended to give it to the young man only, but
the king took it too quickly, and so both perished. Beorhtric therefore being dead, the queen could remain no longer among the Saxons, but sailed beyond the sea with immense treasures, and went to the court of the great and famous Charles, king of the Franks. As she stood before the throne, and offered him money, Charles said to her, “Choose, Eadburgh, between me and my son, who stands here with me.” She replied, foolishly, and without deliberation, “ If I am to have my choice, I choose your son, because he is younger than you.” At which Charles smiled and answered, “ If you had chosen me, you would have had my son; but as you have chosen him, you shall not have
either of us."
heard from many who saw
bly died. Now king Æthelwulf lived two years after his return from Rome; during which, among many other good deeds of this present lite, reflecting on his departure according to the way of all flesh, that his sons might not quarrel unreasonably after his death, he ordered a letter of inheritance, or instructions to be written, in which he ordered that his kingdom should be divided between his two eldest sons, his private inheritance between his sons, his daughter, and his relations, and the money which he left behind him, between his sons and nobles, and for the good of
of this prudent policy we have thought fit to record a few instances out of many for posterity to imitate; namely, such as are understood to belong principally to the needs of the soul; for the others, which relate only to human dispensation, it is not necessary to insert in this work, lest prolixity should create disgust in those who
Hantingdon that king Bertric unwittingly tasted of the poison, though the queen intended to give it to the young man only, but the
king took it too quickly, and so both perished. 7 Bertric therefore being dead, the queen could remain no longer among the West-Saxons, but sailed beyond the sea with immense treasures, and went to the court of the great and famous Charles, king of the Franks. As she stood before the throne, and offered him money, Charles said to her, “ Choose, Eadburga, between me and my son, who stands here with me.” She replied, foolishly, and without deliberation, “ If I am to have my choice, I choose your son, because he is younger than you.” At which Charles smiled and answered, If you had chosen me, you would have had my son; but as you have chosen him, you shall not
have either of us." 8 However, he gave her a large convent of nuns, in which, having laid aside the secular habit and taken the religious dress, she discharged the office of abbess during a few years ; for, having been violated by a lay-man of her own nation, and expelled from the monastery by king Charles's order, she at last brought her life to an end in
poverty and misery.
9 King Ætheluulf lived two 4 And when he (ETHELWOLF] The most merciful king years, after his return from had kept her (Judith) two
Ethelwlf lived two years after Rome; during which among
he set out for the city of many other good deeds of this
Romulus. present life, reflecting on his
Among other good deeds of departure according to the
this present life, to which he way of all flesh, that his sons
gave his royal mind, he medimight not quarrel unreason
tated before-hand on his own ably after their father's death,
death, and, that his sons might he ordered a letter of
quarrel after he had inheritance to be written, in
departed this life, he comwhich he ordered that his
posed an epistle in an elegant kingdom should be divided
style, wherein he gave away between his two eldest sons,
all the things which belonged Æthelbald and Æthelbert,
to himself. his private inheritance between his sons, his daughter, and his relations, and the money which he left behind him, between his sons and nobles, and for the good of
" in derem
Ethelwerd 856 read or wish to hear my
work, For the benefit of his soul, then, which he studied to promote in all things from the first flower of his youth, he directed through all his hereditary dominions, that one poor man in ten,* either # "In decem manentibus" is the native or foreigner, should be expression of Asser.
mansis," which is less intelligibie,
(9) A. 857.
CHARTERS IN 857. 1. BURGRED of Mercia. April 18, subscribed also by Ethelswith regina," and others. II, 63.
(10) A. 858.
dead, and his body lies at Winches
And he reigned eighteen years and a half.i
Lastly, after a year king Athuif died, and his body reposes in the city of Win
chester. And then was completed the fiftieth year from the beginning of king Egbyrht's reign.
I Here follows (as paragraph 4 according to the figures) the gerie.
alogy given at page 6.
HERE ENDS THE THIRD
THREE BOOKS ARE NOW FINISHED,
for the same purpose, and 100 mancuses for the universal apostolic pontift.
He also commanded that 300 mancuses should be carried to Rome for the redemption of his soul ; 100 to the gate of St Peter especially to buy oil, 100 in honor of St Paul, and 100 for the universal apostolic
MATT. WESTM. The same year died Cedda bishop of Hereford, to whom succeeded Albert.
5 He was removed from When, therefore, the glorious 11 When king Ethelwulf was among men, and was buried
king Ethelwulf was dead, dead,* on the ides of January
at Winchester. [Jan. 13] and was buried at Winchester,
6 He had first been bishop at
Winchester, but, on the + The ANN ALS say that he was death of Egbrict his father, buried at Stæningham (Steyning in necessity compelling it, he Essex).
was made king; and, having
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5 And then Æthelwulf's two
Meanwhile after the death sons succeeded to the king
of king Athulf, his sons were Æthelbald to the king
raised to the kingdom, namely dom of the West-Saxons; and
Ethelbald over the Western Æthelbryht to the kingdom of
Angles, and Æthelbyrht over the Kentish-men, and to the
the men of Kent, and the kingdom of the East-Saxons
Eastern, Southern, and Midand to Surrey and to the king
land Angles. dom of the South-Saxons.
His son Æthelbald, contrary
CHARTERS IN 858. ÆTIL
BERHT king of Kent. II, 64. himself from all who heard of
it. 6 And then Æthelbald reign. During two years and a half When five years were comed five years. I of licentiousness after his
pleted, father he held the government 1 Here follows par. 7, given at
of the West-Saxons. note * in page 18.
ANNALS. ANNO 859. This year it
CHARTERS IN 859. PLEGRED subscribed also by “ Ethelwulf rex." * Ethelbeald tili, regis," and others. II, 66.
king Ethelbald died,
In the year of our Lord's inHere died king Æthelbald carnation 860, which was the and his body lies at Sher- twelfth from king Ælfred's burne.
birth, died Æthelbald,
His succeeded to all the realm of brother Æthelberht, as was his brother, and he held it in fitting, joined Kent, Surrey, goodly concord and in great and Sussex also to his tranquillity.
and his brother Æthelbyrht succeeded to the possessions
And in his days In his days a large army of in his days a large fleet of a large fleet came to land, pagans, came up from the pagans came to land, and