The same year they [Vikings] gave Ceolwulf, an unwise king's thane, the Mercian kingdom to hold; and he swore oaths to them, and gave hostages, that it should be ready for them on whatever day they would have it; and he would be ready with himself, and with all those that would remain with him, at the service of the army.And that's it. But thanks to a hoard of silver buried by Viking plunderers, we now know there was more to the story.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The Watlington Hoard and Ceolwulf II of Mercia
found by a metal detectorist near Watlington paints a different picture.