Fresh Irruptions of the Danes

Book 2, Chapter 4, 857 AD to 878 AD – Reign of Ethelbald


At another time, a numerous band which had made a permanent settlement in Thanet, and threatened an attack upon the southern district, accepted a large sum of money from Ethelbert, as the purchase of immunity, and then, at once, ravaged and depopulated the entire coast. This was the first of a series of payments, exacted for one hundred and fifty years, and which gradually increased in amount, until, at length, a very large sum had been contributed, but all without avail, for, generally, the Danes exacted the tribute and immediately commenced hostilities, true to their old character of “truce-breakers,” and even when this was not done, fresh hordes arrived from the north, under new leaders, who made new demands, and seemed likely utterly to impoverish and exhaust the land.

Chapter 4, Reign of Ethelbald

His Stepmother Judith and Her Descendants


Fresh Irruptions of the Danes

Ragnar Lodbrog

St. Edmund

Chapter 4, Destruction of Croyland Abbey

Destruction of Croyland Abbey

Numerous Battles between the Danes and the Saxons

Accession of Ethelred

Chapter 4, Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great

Chapter 4, Fresh Troubles with the Danes

Fresh Troubles

Re-Appearance of Alfred

Chapter 4, Treaty between him and Guthrun

Treaty between him and Guthrun

Temporary retirement of the king to Athelney

Overthrow of Ubbo

The Danelagh


Categories: Book 2

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