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ETHELRED THE UNREADY.
“ As tedious as a King."
“ This Boy will turn out a Poltroon and a Coward.”
St. Dunstan's Declaration at the Baptism of this Prince.
“ Il paroit Maitre de tout les autres Hommes: Mais il “ n'est pas Maitre de lui meme.
“ On Voyoit plusieurs de ces Rois severement punis, non “pour les Maux qu'ils avoient faits, mais pour avoir neglige « le biens quils auroient du faire.”
LITTLE recorded in this reign we find
Our seats of learning and its stores they burn,
* The Monks reported that the spectre of Edmund, King of East Anglia, whose remains Sweyn had disturbed by laying the Abbey of Bury under military execution, fought under Duntan's banner.
SUMMARY OF THE NEIGN OF
Born, A. D. 989. Began to reign 1016. Married Algi. tha, the English Widow of a Danish Noble, by whom he had issue, Edward, surnamed the Outlaw, (from living out of England during the ascendancy of the Danes); and Edmond. Reigned but nine months. Was murdered 1017. Buried at Glastonbury.
PRINCIPAL EVENTS. Several battles with Canute, King of Denmark, and a single combat between that Monarch and Edmund, who divided the kingdom with him.
EMINENT Persons. Livingus, Archbishop of Canterbury. Mercia, eminent for his treasons.
Edric, Duke of
“ Bellona's bridegroom."
« 'Twas valour taught the art of war,
“ And valour's self, to roam no more,
“We fought with swords ! a brave man shrinks not at “ death! from my early youth I have learn'd to dye the “ steel of my lance in blood.”
MALLET'S NORTHERN ANTIQUITIES.
“ How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished !"
2 SAMUEL, chap. i.
SHORT was thy reign, thou gallant youth !
In Sherstan's fight, with artful lic,
Yet keen thy sword, and strong thine arm,
EDMUND, tho’soon thy race was run,
* Edric, observing the Danes gave ground, raised the bleeding head of a soldier on the point of a spear, and cried aloud, “ Haro, Haro, flee Englonde ! dead is Edmunde!" He afterwards betrayed Edmund at the battle of Asandone, or Ashdon, in Essex.
+ Edmund perceiving Canute at the head of his forces, rode off from his own, and Canute advancing, a furious combat ensued, in which neither having much advantage, they agreed to divide the kingdom. The author of the Medulla Historiæ Anglicanæ, says, Canute was wounded and first proposed forbearance.