Book 2, Chapter 9, Edward 975 AD to 1016 AD – Thurkill Ravages England
At length, after ravaging thirteen counties,. Thurkill sold his services to Ethelred for forty eight thousand pounds, and undertook to become his ally. Sweyn affected to be indignant at this, (although it may be conjectured that it was done with his connivance, if not at his order,) and announced his intention of forthwith undertaking the conquest of England, a project which these bold Northmen had never before avowed, being content with occasional attacks for purposes of plunder. As soon as his preparations were completed, Sweyn sailed with a large fleet and entered the Humber.
On his landing, the men of the Danelagh instantly declared for him, and in a very short time he was acknowledged by the whole of England north of Watling-street. The usual orders about indiscriminate fire, murder, and pillage were issued, and the country, which had not yet recovered from former desolations, was again ruthlessly traversed. Marching southwards, all the principal towns opened their gates to the conqueror, who proceeded to invest London, the only remaining stronghold faithful to Ethelred, and in which he had taken refuge.
Chapter 9, Edward the Martyr
Chapter 9, Ethelred
Chapter 9, Sweyn’s Revenge
Chapter 9, Thurkill Ravages England
Sweyn prepares for the Conquest of England
Chapter 9, Edmund Ironside
Categories: Book 2