Dunstan’s Prophecy

Book 2, Chapter 9, Edward 975 AD to 1016 AD – Ethelred

 

In connexion with this coronation, Dunstan is reported to have uttered a malediction, prophesying the woes which were impending over the country, thus acting up to his old reputation. It did not, however, require uncommon sagacity to perceive, that troublous times were coming upon England, with an imbecile monarch, factions in the country, a mixed population, a growing hierarchy, and hordes of pirates infesting the narrow seas. Whether the archbishop predicted calamity or not, his influence had reached its height, and now began to wane, and although he survived for nine years after this, he was no longer what he had been during the reign of Edgar.


Chapter 9, Edward the Martyr

Edward, Commonly Styled “the Martyr”

Elfrida’s Intrigues

Chapter 9, Ethelred

Reign of Ethelred

Dunstan’s Prophecy

Condition of the Country

Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Danes

Fresh Attacks by the Northmen

They are Bribed to Depart

Origin of the Danegeld

Ethelred’s Marriage with Emma of Normandy

Massacre of the Danes

Chapter 9, Sweyn’s Revenge

Sweyn’s Vengeance

Murder of Archbishop Alphege

Levy for a Fleet

Chapter 9, Thurkill Ravages England

Its Failure

A Contemporary Picture

Sweyn prepares for the Conquest of England

Sweyn Dies and’ is Followed by Canute

Ethelred’s Flight and Return

Chapter 9, Edmund Ironside

Death of Ethelred

Divisions and Treachery among the English

Edmund Ironside Proclaimed King

Successive Battles with Canute

Partition of the Country

Brief Reign of Edmund

Authorities



Categories: Book 2

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