Bertha, Our First Christian Queen

Bertha, Our First Christian Queen

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...were appreciated, and he gained both dominion and power, yet his spirit was continually chafed by the restrictions caused by the federal nature of the Anglo-Saxon form of government at that period. The kings of the Heptarchy had their own ideas about the balance of power; and when the King of Kent had obtained possession of Mercia, they all resolved to unite against him. Ethelbert, fearing the consequences of such a combination, relinquished Mercia to the son of the king whom he had conquered and dethroned; but he felt the disappointment deeply, even though he maintained so high a 'The azure field is of later date. character and position that, on the death of Ceawlin, he was elected Bretwalda. The jealousies existing between the Saxon kings, and the suspicions thereby engendered, caused harassing difficulties, which probably induced Ethelbert to open for himself a wider sphere. No doubt his politic mind saw the advantage to be gained by foreign alliance, when he determined on cultivating the friendship of Charibert, who had lately ascended the throne of Paris. That monarch, as we have seen, was highly educated, and had done much towards the civilization of his country, so far as external refinements were concerned. Yet the Court of Paris was exceedingly dissolute at the time when Ethelbert visited it. But he had come from the purer, though ruder, court of his little kingdom, and Bertha had but lately left her childhood's home: more innocent than most of those by whom they were surrounded, they must have been attracted towards each other. Ethelbert's admiration for that beautiful and good princess soon grew into a strong affection, which had power to guide him into the ways of peace and holiness. Charibert seems to have favoured his daughter's...
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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236529634
  • 9781236529633