and the unbinding of the chrism took place at Wedmore. And he wastwelve days with the king, and he honoured him and his companions...994 - In this year Olaf and Svein came to London on the Nativity of StMary with 94 ships, and they proceeded to attack the city stoutly andwished also to set it on fire: but there they suffered more harm andinjury than they ever thought any citizens would do to them. But theholy Mother of God showed her mercy to the citizens on that day andsaved them from their enemies. And these went away from there, anddid the greatest damage that ever any army could do, by burning,ravaging, and slaying, everywhere along the coast, and in Essex, Kent,Sussex, and Hampshire; and finally they seized horses and rode aswidely as they wished, and continued to do indescribable damage. Thenthe king and his councillors determined to send to them and promisethem tribute and provisions, on condition that they should cease thatharrying. And they then accepted that, and the whole army came thento Southampton and took winter quarters there; and they wereprovisioned throughout all the West Saxon kingdom, and they were paid16,000 pounds in money...1011 - In this year the king and his councillors sent to the army andasked for peace, and promised them tribute and provisions onconditions that they should cease their ravaging. They had thenoverrun: (i) East Anglia, (ii) Essex, (in) Middlesex, (iv) Oxfordshire, (v)Cambridgeshire, (vi) Hertfordshire, (vii) Buckinghamshire, (viii)Bedfordshire, (ix) half Huntingdonshire, (x) much of Northamptonshire;and south of the Thames all Kent, Sussex. Hastings, Surrey, Berkshire,Hampshire, and much of Wiltshire...And then in this year, between the Nativity of St Mary andMichaelmas, they besieged Canterbury, and they got inside bytreachery, for AElfmasr, whose life Archbishop AElfheah had saved,betrayed it. Then they captured there Archbishop AElfheah ... He wasthen a captive who had been head of the English people and of Christendom. There could misery be seen where happiness was oftenseen before, in that wretched city from which first came [to us]Christianity and happiness in divine and secular things. And they keptthe archbishop with them till the time when they martyred him.1012 - …Then on the Saturday the army became greatly incensedagainst the bishop because he would not promise them any money, butforbade that anything should be paid for him. They were also verydrunk, for wine from the south had been brought there. They seized thebishop, and brought him to their assembly on the eve of the Sunday of the octave of Easter, which was 19 April, and shamefully put him todeath there: they pelted him with bones and with ox-heads, and one of them struck him on the head with the back of an axe. that hersankdown with the blow, and his holy blood fell on the ground.