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That description came from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, version A, written between 877 and 899, and is the first record of the death of King Edmund, later to be called St Edmund, King and Martyr.

A note to the Canterbury Version F of the Chronicles, adds that the Danish head men who slew the King were Ingware (Ivar the Boneless) and Ubba.

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle said that these Danes took winter quarters in East Anglia: "And the same year a great raiding army came to the land of the English and took winter quarters in East Anglia and were provided with horses there, and they made peace with them".

According to Aethelweard writing 100 years later, the Danish leader was Igwar or Ivar, one of the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.

This first attack may have taken place at Harwich, and the area around was possibly held by the Danish army for their winter stronghold, both for ships and men.

The name Harwich itself could derive from Here Wic, or Army Port.

"Boneless" probably refers to the snake, a creature thought to be full of cunning and fearless in battle.Within a generation Edmund would become accepted as a Christian saint.After the foundation of his abbey at Bury St Edmunds, for some five centuries Edmund was to become not only the patron-saint of East Anglia but also the patron-saint of all England.Quick links on this page Death of King Edmund 869 Partition- England/Danelaw 878 Saint moved to Bed'sworth 906 Mercia broken into Shires 920 Bury given to the monks 945 Abbo's Life of St Edmund 985 Battle of Maldon 991 Danes cause saint's move 1010 King Canute takes over 1016 Benedictines come to Bury 1020 Round stone church built 1032 W Suffolk given to Abbey 1044 Baldwin comes to Bury 1060 Foot of Page 1066 Modern historians refer to the 200 year period after 865 as The Late Anglo-Saxon time.This is because the year 865 heralded disaster for Anglo-Saxon England.

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