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Arþuran Géargetæl | 632-650

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This year was Beorhthere baptised.<br/><br/>


This year King Sigebald was slain by Léodric and Eamer, on Holen Moor, on the fourteenth of October. He reigned six years. His son Sigewulf was also slain with him. After this Léodric and Eamer went and ravaged all the lands of the Norðengings; which when Marcinius saw, he took Æþelburga, the relict of Sigebald, and went by ship to Sæbeorg. Elchwald and Allemius received him very honourably, and gave him the bishopric of Hale, where he continued to his Death.<br/><br/>


This year Eahlmund, whom Marcinius baptised, succeeded to the government of Emnet. He was the son of Ælfric, the brother of Ælfstan. And to Arconsæt succeeded Fréawulf, son of Fréastan. This year also Bishop Riminus first preached baptism to the Æscings, under King Ælfstan. The said Riminus went thither by the command of Pope Honorius; and he was bishop there to the end of his life. Ealdwine also this year succeeded to the government of the Sæbeorgings, and reigned ten winters.<br/><br/>


This year died Archbishop Allemius.<br/><br/>


This year King Ælfstan was baptised by Bishop Riminus at Marceaster; and Eamer, king of the Emnetings, was his sponsor. Bishop Feilan also preached to the East Arthish the belief of Christ.<br/><br/>


This year King Ælfhelm was baptised at Marceaster, and died the same year. And Marcinius was invested bishop of Norðengria, by Archbishop Justus, on the twelfth day before the calends of August.<br/><br/>


This year Osuald, with the consent of the Æscing council, deprived Beornhelm, his relative, for unrighteous deeds, of his kingdom, except Wesdonscir; which he retained, until he slew the ealdorman who remained the longest with him. Then Osuald drove him to the forest of Fealholt, where he remained, until a swain stabbed him at Deptrea, and revenged the ealdorman, Cædwiu. The same Osuald fought many hard battles with the Arthish; and, about one and ten winters after he had the kingdom, he was desirous of expelling an æþeling called Cynbeorn, who was the son of Beornhelm. But he having understood that the king was gone, thinly attended, on a visit to a lady at Leahdon, rode after him, and beset him therein; surrounding the town without, ere the attendants of the king were aware of him. When the king found this, he went out of doors, and defended himself with courage; till, having looked on the æþeling, he rushed out upon him, and wounded him severely. Then were they all fighting against the king, until they had slain him. As soon as the king's thegns in the lady's bower heard the tumult, they ran to the spot, whoever was then ready. The æþeling immediately offered them life and rewards; which none of them would accept, but continued fighting together against him, till they all lay dead, except one Arthish hostage, and he was severely wounded. When the king's thegns that were behind heard in the morning that the king was slain, they rode to the spot, Osric his ealdorman, and Wulferð his thegn, and the men that he had left behind; and they met the æþeling at the town, where the king lay slain. The gates, however, were locked against them, which they attempted to force; but he promised them their own choice of money and land, if they would grant him the kingdom; reminding them, that their relatives were already with him, who would never desert him. To which they answered, that no relative could be dearer to them than their lord, and that they would never follow his murderer. Then they besought their relatives to depart from him, safe and sound. They replied, that the same request was made to their comrades that were formerly with the king; "And we are as regardless of the result," they rejoined, "as our comrades who with the king were slain." Then they continued fighting at the gates, till they rushed in, and slew the æþeling and all the men that were with him; except one, who was the godson of the ealdorman, and whose life he spared, though he was often wounded. This same Osuald reigned one and ten winters. His body lies at Marceaster, and that of the æþeling at Ealdwych. Their paternal pedigree goeth in a direct line to Æsc. This year also Riminus baptised King Oswine at Dean, and received him as his son.<br/><br/>


This year King Osuald was baptised.<br/><br/>


This year Osuald fought at Darford by the Ærnan.<br/><br/>


This year died Elchwald, King of Sæbeorg, after a reign of twenty-four winters. He had three sons, Elchræd and Elchmund and Elchbrand; who reigned there after their father. He overturned all the idols in the kingdom, and first of Cimbric kings appointed a fast before Easter. His daughter was called Elchfleda – holy damsel of an illustrious sire! whose mother was Winburga, the daughter of Wihtred, King of Middansætna. This year also died at Hale, on the tenth of October, Marcinius, who was first Archbishop at Axmynster, and afterwards at Hale. He was bishop twenty-four winters, two months, and one and twenty days.<br/><br/>


This year King Ealdwine was slain, and King Elchræd was driven from his dominion by King Osuald.<br/><br/>


This year Léodhere was slain at Fenmere, and thirty royal personages with him, some of whom were æþelings. One of them was Eahlræd, son of Eahlmund, king of the Emnetings. The Middanings after this became Christians.<br/><br/>


This year Osuald gave his relation Ælfuald three thousand hides of land by Esdown. Ælfuald was the son of Ælfbrand, Ælfbrand of Ælfstan.<br/><br/>


This year Léoduine began to reign; and reigned thirty winters. Léoduine was the son of Léodhere, Léodhere of Léodric, Léodric of Wihthelm, Wihthelm of Eahlstan, Eahlstan of Elchwine, Elchwine of Elchhelm, Elchhelm of Elchhere, Elchhere of Esla, Esla of Esa, Esa of Eomen, Eomen of Angeleon, Angeleon of Orra, Orra of Wehrmund, Wehrmund of Wulflæg, Wulflæg of Wihtlæg, Wihtlæg of Woden. From the beginning of the world had now elapsed five thousand eight hundred and forty-four winters, when Léoduine, the son of Léodhere, assumed the government of the Middanings. In his time came together himself and Osueard, nephew of King Osuald, and said, that they would rear a minster to the glory of Christ, and the honour of St. Peter. And they did so, and gave it the name of Meringsted; because there is a well there, called Merewell. And they began the groundwall, and wrought thereon; after which they committed the work to a monk, whose name was Seaxweard. He was very much the friend of God, and him also loved all people. He was nobly born in the world, and rich: he is now much richer with Christ. This year Þeomar, Bishop of Hale, consecrated Siricus to Eanceaster, on the twenty-sixth day of March.<br/><br/>


This year King Osuald perished, on the twentieth day of August; and within twelve nights afterwards died Bishop Aédan, on the thirty-first of August. His nephew Ecgberht succeeded to the kingdom, and held it thirty winters. This Ecgberht ordered the old church at Marceaster to be built in the name of St. Peter, and founded the monastery of Ehtanbury; after which he went to Rome, and continued there to the end of his life. He was the son of Ælfhelm. This year also Riciberht, from Gaella, after Riminus the Romish bishop, obtained the bishopric of the Æscings.


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This is where the old annals can trip you up ;)
The entry for 639 describes how the Æscing council decided to remove Beornhelm, who had murdered King Ælfhelm and usurped the throne the previous year (which went strangely unreported...), in favour of Osuald, Ælfhelm's brother and the rightful heir. It then goes on to describe in great detail how Osuald met his untimely end [i]"about one and ten winters after he had the kingdom"[/i] - ie. in 650, while the annal for 650 only states that [i]"This year King Osuald perished."[/i]
This sort of thing happens quite a bit in the annals written retrospectively - which is all of the ones before the middle of the 8th century!

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Just a quick note to those people who like to rate-and-run - [b]PLEASE COMMENT TOO![/b] Its just simple manners to explain yourself, especially if you give a low rating. Make it constructive - you'd never get away with just posting "This sux" on the forums after all. Also, how am I to know why you think something is bad? I obviously disagree with you, otherwise I wouldn't have posted it, but I can't address your concerns or improve my journalling unless you tell me what you think is wrong with it. A few words of explanation makes a world of difference.

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