Chapter 3, Succeeded by Ethelwulf

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

Book 2, Chapter 3, 827 AD to 857 AD – Egbert – Continued

 In 836, Egbert died, after a long and prosperous reign, and the sceptre which he had wielded with so much vigour and ability, descended to the feeble hands of his son Ethelwulf, who, according to William of Malmesbury, had been destined for a monastic life, and who was actually sub deacon at the time of Egbert’s decease, so that a dispensation had to be obtained from the pope, to allow Ethelwulf to leave the convent for a throne. Of this, however, there is not clear proof. The ravages of the Northmen continued, notwithstanding severe checks given to them by some of the Anglo Saxon leaders, to whom had been assigned the protection of the maritime districts. Taught by Read More >>>

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