Sweyn Dies and’ is Followed by Canute

Book 2, Chapter 9, Edward 975 AD to 1016 AD – Thurkill Ravages England


The stout Londoners, however, proved themselves too much for the Danes, who were unable to carry the defence of the city, and therefore went to the west, during that time the king, forsaken by most of his friends, and hearing how on all hands they were submitting to his rival, fled, first to Greenwich, and then to the Isle of Wight, whence he sent Emma and her children to her brother, the Duke of Normandy, remaining behind only until he was assured of a welcome and safe reception there. In the second week of January 1014 he fled from the country, but within six weeks Sweyn suddenly died, after he had been acknowledged as king, but before he could be crowned. The Danes at once appointed his son Canute as successor, but some of the Anglo-Saxon nobles and prelates had the fatuity to invite Ethelred to return, provided only that he would govern them better than before.

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


Categories: Book 2

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