A Story of Old Hereford,
by Charles W. Whistler
CHAPTER I. HOW THE FIRST DANES CAME TO ENGLAND.
CHAPTER III. HOW WILFRID MET ECGBERT THE ATHELING.
CHAPTER V. HOW WILFRID MET THE FLINT FOLK, AND OTHERS.
CHAPTER VII. HOW ETHELBERT’S JOURNEY BEGAN WITH PORTENTS.
CHAPTER IX. HOW QUENDRITHA THE QUEEN WOVE HER PLOTS.
CHAPTER XI. HOW ETHELBERT THE KING WENT TO HIS REST.
CHAPTER XIII. HOW WILFRID AND ERLING BEGAN THEIR SEARCH.
CHAPTER XV. HOW WILFRID’S SEARCH WAS REWARDED.
CHAPTER XVII. HOW WILFRID AND HIS CHARGE MET JEFAN THE
CHAPTER XIX. HOW WILFRID CAME HOME TO WESSEX.
Hereford Cathedral bears the name of Ethelbert of East Anglia, king and martyr, round whose death, at the hands of the men of Offa of Mercia, this story of his comrade centres, and dates its foundation from Offa’s remorse for the deed which at least he had not prevented. In the sanctuary itself stands an ancient battered statue—somewhat hard to find—of the saint, and in the pavement hard by a modern stone bears a representation of his murder. The date of the martyrdom is usually given as May 20, 792 A.D.
A brief mention of the occurrence is given under that date in the “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,” and full details are recorded by later historians, Matthew of Westminster and Roger of Wendover being the most precise and full. The ancient Hereford Breviary preserves further details also, for which I am indebted to my friend the Rev. H. Housman, B.D., of Bradley.