in France, he set up a school for youth to be instructed in literature, and was assisted therein by Bishop Felix, who came to him from Kent, and who furnished them with masters and teachers after the manner of that country; and that king became so great a lover of the heavenly kingdom, that quitting the affairs of his crown, and committing the same to his kinsman Ecgric, who before held a part of that kingdom, he went himself into a monastery, which he had built, and having received the tonsure, applied himself rather to gain a heavenly throne. Some time after this, it happened that the nation of the Mercians, under King Penda, made war on the East Angles; who finding themselves inferior in martial affairs to their enemy, entreated Sigbercht to go with them to battle, to encourage the soldiers. He refused, upon which they drew him against his will out of the monastery, and carried him to the army, hoping that the soldiers would be less disposed to flee in the presence of him, who had once been a notable and brave commander. But he, still keeping in mind his profession, whilst in the midst of a royal army, would carry nothing in his hand but a wand, and was killed with King Ecgric, and the Pagans pressing on, all their army was either slaughtered or dispersed. Anna, the son of Eni, of the blood royal, a good man, and father of an excellent family of children, succeeded them in the kingdom. Of whom we shall speak hereafter; he being also slain by the same Pagan commander as his predecessor had been.
HOW FURSIUS BUILT A MONASTERY AMONG THE EAST ANGLES,
AND OR HIS VISIONS AND SANCTITY, OF WHICH, HIS FLESH
REMAINING UNCORRUPTED AFTER DEATH, BORE TESTIMONY.
Whilst Sigbercht still governed the kingdom, there came out of Ireland a holy man called Fursius, renowned