It was in the reign of Beorhtric, Ecgberts ~ predecessor, that the pirates of the famous three ships from Heretheland had appeared on the coast of Dorset, and slain the sheriff who would fain have known what manner of Inen they might be.
After that their visits came fast and furious on the shore-line of every English kingdom, and by the end of Ecgberts reign it was they, and not his former Welsh and Mercian enemies, who were the old monarchs main source of trouble.
But from Ecgberts reign onwards it supplies a good deal of apparently trustworthy information.
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