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ELLA (d. 867)

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 289 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ELLA (d. 867), king of the Northumbrians, became king about 862 on the deposition of Osbert, although he was not of royal birth. Afterwards he became reconciled with Osbert, and together they attacked the Danes, who had invaded Northumbria, and drove them into York. Rallying, however, the Danes defeated the Northumbrians, and in the encounter both Ella and Osbert were slain. In certain legends Ella is represented as having brought about the Danish invasion of Northumbria by cruel and unjust actions. See The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, edited by C. Plummer (Oxford, 1892–1899) ; Bede, Historiae ecclesiasticae, edited by C. Plummer (Oxford, 1896); Henry of Huntingdon, Historia Anglorum, edited by T. Arnold, Rolls Series (London, 1879) ; Asser, De rebus gestis Aelfredi, edited by W. H. Stevenson (Oxford, 1904); J. R. Green, The Making of England (London, 1897), and the Dictionary of National Biography, vol. i. (London, 1895).
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