Chapter 2, Alfred of Northumbria’s Contest with Wilfrid and the Pope

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National and Domestic History of England, Magna Charta, writen by W.H.S. Aubrey in 1869.

Book 2, Chapter 2, 597 AD to 827 AD – Kings Alfred and Ethelbald

 From this point onwards, the interest centres in the three kingdoms of Northumbria, Mercia, and Wessex, for those of Kent, Sussex, Essex, and East Anglia had been gradually brought into a state of vassalage, and was soon to be merged into the more powerful states. Among the Kings of Northumbria, Alfred, surnamed the “most wise,” possesses an interest as being the first king in Britain who waged a contest with the pope, of which too many illustrations will be found in subsequent reigns. Alfred had rewarded his early instructor Wilfrid with a bishopric, but when he claimed undue ecclesiastical privileges, the king disallowed Read More >>>

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