Memorials of the Church and Parish of Sonning
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...it was through his advice that King Ethelred purchased peace from the Danes for the sum often thousand pounds. "This was the foundation of the Danegelt, a tax which soon became annual, to provide an ineffectual bribe to the Danes, a bribe intended to induce them to keep the peace, but which only encouraged them, and enabled them to become more frequent and powerful in their invasions or attacks." Dean Hook, from whom we quote, remarks, in explanation of the enormous sums said to have been paid to the Danes, that England in many of its districts had at that time gold mines, and was visited in ancient days by the Romans, with the same object as that which has taken so many of our countrymen of late years to Australia and California. Nothing more remains to be said of Archbishop Siric, except that he was fond of pomp, and religious ceremonial, and his ruling passion, according to Dean Hook, was strong in death, for he left minute directions as to the mode of celebrating his anniversary, and bequeathed to the Chapter seven Palls, inherited probably from his predecessors, to serve as hangings for the Church on the occasion. Under the date 995, the Saxon Chronicle says briefly, "in this year appeared 'Cometa' the Star, and Archbishop Sigeric died." It is surely remarkable that again recourse should be had to the little See of Sonning, for another Archbishop. yElfric, Bishop of Sonning, was chosen to succeed. He was a monk of Abingdon, and a distinguished scholar, first known by his grammar of the Latin and Saxon Languages, and afterwards by his still more celebrated Homilies, which he dedicated to Archbishop Siric. It is supposed that he owed his advancement to this dedication, and that he was consecrated Bishop of Sonning, ...
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