KING CEADWALL HAVING SLAIN EDILWALCH, KING OF THE
WEST SAXONS, WASTED THAT PROVINCE WITH RAPINE AND
In the meantime, Ceadwall, a daring young man, of the royal race of the West Saxons, who had been banished his country, came with an army, slew Edilwalch, and wasted that country with much slaughter and plundering; but he was soon expelled by Berchthum and Andhun, the king's commanders, who afterwards held the government of that province. The first of them was afterwards killed by the same Ceadwall, when he was king of the West Saxons, and the province was more entirely subdued; Ina, likewise, who reigned after Ceadwall, kept that country under the like servitude for several years; for which reason, during all that time, they had no bishop of their own; but their first bishop, Wilfred, having been recalled home, they were subject to the Bishop of the West Saxons, whose see was in the city of Winchester.
HOW THE ISLE OF WIGHT RECEIVED CHRISTIAN INHABITANTS, AND
TWO ROYAL YOUTHS OF THAT ISLAND WERE KILLED IMME
DIATELY AFTER BAPTISM.
After Ceadwall had possessed himself of the kingdom of the West Saxons, he also took the isle of Wight, which till then was entirely given over to idolatry, and by cruel slaughter endeavoured to destroy all the inhabitants thereof, and to place in their stead people from his own province;
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Publication information: Book title: The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation. Contributors: Saint Bede the Venerable - Author. Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd.. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1910. Page number: 225.
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