Viking Raids in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

A.D. 787. This year King Bertric took Edburga the daughter of
Offa to wife. And in his days came first three ships of the
Northmen from the land of robbers. The reve (30) then rode
thereto, and would drive them to the king's town; for he knew not
what they were; and there was he slain. These were the first
ships of the Danish men that sought the land of the English

A.D. 793. This year [...] the harrowing inroads of heathen men made
lamentable havoc in the church of God in Holy-island, by rapine
and slaughter. [...]

Source: Rev. James Ingram, trans., "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle," The Online Medieval & Classical Library,, (1912). Notes: Originally compiled on the orders of King Alfred the Great, approximately A.D. 890, and subsequently maintained and added to by generations of anonymous scribes until the middle of the 12th Century. The original language is Anglo-Saxon (Old English), but later entries are essentially Middle English in tone. This electronic edition was edited, proofed, and prepared by Douglas B. Killings July 1996.

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