Character of Egbert

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


The power of Wessex was established over the other states only after repeated conflicts, and its king, Egbert, succeeded in attaining the supremacy in 827. He did not assume the title of king of England, as has been alleged by some historians, nor did not retain his position as virtual lord paramount without much trouble and many conflicts, but he was a man possessed of great prudence, as well as of great energy, and knew how to bide his time and wait for the course of events, as also when to strike a signal blow that should paralyse his enemies with fear.

Of the Saxon Chronicle, several authentic copies are extant, one of which presents internal proof of having been written towards the close of the ninth century. The names of its authors can only be conjectured. It was supposed by Professor Ingram that the Kent and Wessex Chronicles might have been commenced under the direction of the Archbishops of Canterbury, or perhaps under the superintendence of Archbishop Pleymun who died in 923. Afterwards, the annals appear to have been carried on by various hands, down to the death of Stephen, with which they terminate. They contain many interesting facts relative to architecture, agriculture, coinage, commerce, naval and military affairs, laws, liberty, and religion, exhibiting a regular and chronological panorama of the people, and being a main source whence all subsequent writers have derived their materials.

Chapter 3, Egbert

Character of Egbert

Repeated Incursions by the Danes

Succeeded by Ethelwulf

His Pilgrimage to Rome

Revolt under Ethelbald, and Division of the kingdom

Chapter 3, The Clergy and The Monasteries

Assumed Origin of Tithes

Condition of the Monks and Clergy

Archbishop Theodore

Venerable Bede

Chapter 3, The Witenagemot

Origin and Powers of the Witenagemot

The Witenagemot

Nature of the kingly Dignity

The Process of Governing


Categories: Book 2

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