Conflicts with the Anglo-Danes

Book 2, Chapter 7, Alfred’s Children from 901 AD to 955 – Athelstan

Sigtryg died before this could be accomplished, and his two sons fled, on which Athelstan became master of the territory. Returning to the west he exacted homage and tribute from the Welsh tribes who had before yielded to his father. He next turned his arms against the old tribes of Cornwall, who were still turbulent, and impatient of the Saxon yoke, driving them from Devonshire, where they had again made encroachments, and reducing them to obedience and good order. During these exploits, however, secret and alarming preparations were being made for his own conquest, by Anlaff, son of Sigtryg. He had fled to the Baltic, and from among the hardy adventurers who peopled its coasts, ready for any desperate enterprise which offered plunder, he had gathered a formidable body, which was swelled by numerous troops from the wild tribes of Ireland.

With these, Anlaff suddenly appeared in the Humber, in six hundred and fifteen ships, threatening England in the year 937 with a greater danger even than any which had threatened it in former times. Athelstan was equal to the crisis. The governors whom he had left in the north were instructed to gain time by pretended negotiation and by the offer of large sums of money, and the time thus gained was turned to good account by the king in gathering all his forces, and in enlisting the aid of mercenary troops. There were still great numbers of sea rovers ready to sell their services and those of the bands who followed them, to anyone who would pay a sufficient price, and to fight for any cause or on any side, even though it might be against their own brethren, and in the emergency, Athelstan secured the aid of two of these vikingr, named Thorolf and Egils.


Chapter 7, Alfred’s Children

Edward Becomes King

The Succession Disputed by Ethelwald

Partial Annexation of East Anglia and Northumbria

Mercia Added

Chapter 7, Athelstan

Athelstan, the First Monarch of England

Intrigue Against Him

Conflicts with the Anglo-Danes

Formidable Invasion

Decisive Battle of Brunanburh

The Anglo-Danes Revolt, and are Subdued

Chapter 7, Renown of Athelstan

Renown of Athelstan

Death and Character

Chapter 7, Edmund

Edmund

Reign of Edmund

Murder of the King

Chapter 7, Edred

Edred Succeeds

A Strong Mind in a Frail Body

Outbreak in Northumbria

Rise of Statesmen

Dunstan and Turketul

Authorities



Categories: Book 2

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