Book 2, Chapter 3, 827 AD to 857 AD – Egbert – Continued
It had been a common and growing practice with the Anglo Saxon kings and thanes to make pilgrimages to Rome, and the practice had been stimulated by the exhortations of the clergy, for obvious reasons. Ethelwulf appears to have sent his youngest son, Alfred, in 833, under the charge of Swithin, Bishop of Winchester, and the pope, Leo IV, at the king’s request, anointed Alfred as the future king. Two years later, Ethelwulf himself went to Rome, where he remained for a year, taking with him costly presents for the pope, consisting of a crown of pure gold, weighing four pounds, two golden vessels, a sword, richly adorned, two golden images and valuable dresses. He also made gifts to the clergy, nobility, and people of Rome, and rebuilt the Saxon school or hospital which King Ina had founded.
Chapter 3, Egbert
His Pilgrimage to Rome
Chapter 3, The Clergy and The Monasteries
Chapter 3, The Witenagemot
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