Event: Advice/counsel, Alms-giving, Correspondence, Crime, Lust, Monastery, violation ofBoniface 5-others.letter to Ăthelbald 4
||The bishops wrote to Ăthelbald 4 to commend his almsgiving and his defence of the widows and the poor. However, they were particularly eager to condemn his adulterous lust and the atrocious crimes he committed with nuns. The bishops also condemned the king's violation of the privileges of churches and the stealing of monastic revenues. They reminded him of how Osred 1 and Ceolred 1 ended their lives because of their similar behaviour.
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*The bishops reported how adultery is condemened by the pagans in old Saxony.
*The bishops also added that in France and Italy the English people were reported as scorning lawful marriage.
Persons associated with this Event:
(Archbishop and martyr, d.755)
(Bishop of ?Utrecht, fl. 746x747)
(Bishop of WŘrzburg, d. c.754)
(Bishop [?on the Continent], fl. 746x747)
(Metropolitan bishop [of Rheims], d. c.751)
(Bishop [of ?Erfurt], fl. 746x747)
(Bishop of Buraburg, fl. 743
(King of the Mercians, 716-757)
(Messengers reporting news about Ăthelbald 4) : Messengers through whom the bishops had had news of Ăthelbald 4.
(King of the Mercians, 709-16) : Mentioned as an example of another adulterous king. He was stricken in his sins with madness.
(King of the Northumbrians and son of Aldfrith 1, 706-716) : Mentioned as an example of another adulterous king. He lost his glorious king and his life when he was still young.