Capitulum tricesimum tertium. Willelmus de Regibus, libro secundo.
LODOWICUS the thrydde reigned in Fraunce iiij. yere after Lodowicus the secunde, his fader. In whiche yere the hoste of the Danes levynge the este partes of Ynglonde, with Hin|guar and Hubba theire governoures, come to Radynge in Westesax. Where tweyne governoures of þe Danes goynge*. [Of þe batells of Danes.] furthe for theire pray in þe thrydde day of theire commynge into that coste, were sleyne at Engesfelde. And in the iiijthe day folowynge, ij. breþer of the kynge of Westesax ȝiffenge metynge to the Danes, did sle a grete multitude of theyme. Page 349, vol.6 But the Danes brekynge owte by crafte did sle the duke off Barokeschire, Ethelwulfus by name, and causede Ynglische men to goe abakke. Men of Ynglonde rebukede þerwith in the iiijthe day folowynge ȝafe batelle to theyme at Asshedon, that sowndethe by interpretacion the hylle of an asse, or of an asshe, where Alurede coacte by necessite, levynge his bro|þer the kynge at masse, wente afore to ȝiffe batelle to theyme. But the preyer of that kynge was to theyme grete helpe that day, for thauȝhe the Danes hade the hier parte of the hille, neverthelesse Cristen men commynge to the altitude of the hille did sle Osric, the kynge of the Danes, with v. dukes, and mony ml. of þeim, and folowede the oþer alle day unto Radynge. But in the xiiij. day folowynge the Danes fiȝhtenge at Basynge and at Merton, hade the victory. After that the kynges of the [folio 297a] Marches, of Northumbrelonde, and of Este Ynglonde, detract|enge the dominacion of the Westesaxons, hade lever to sustene Page 351, vol.6 theire enemyes then to helpe and socoure men of theire awen cuntre laborynge soore for the ryȝhte of hit. And þer|fore hit folowede that enemyes to the londe increased and prevaylede, and men of that londe decreasede and were sleyne. After that, in the yere next folowynge, Ethelredus, kynge of Westesaxons, after grete labours, diede the ixthe kalendes of Maii, and was buryede at Wynburn. Iohn the viijthe succedid Adrian the pope xij. yere. This pope taryenge by a yere in Fraunce with Lodowicus Balbus, was put into prison by the Romanes, in that he favorede hym. Also he ȝafe to Ansegisus, bischop Cenonense, the hedde of grete Gregory and an arme of Leo the pope to be put in his churche. In the tyme of whom the vthe seeyne or cownceill of Constantinopole was halowede, of ccclxxiij. bischoppes. In whiche tyme the Page 353, vol.6 Saracenys rennynge thro Ytaly destroyede the secunde tyme the monastery of Seynte Benedict in the mownte Cassyne.