The chief military command in London was in the hands of the wounded Staller Ansgar, the Sheriff of the MiddleSaxons. His wound was so severe that he could neither walk nor ride, but was carried about the city in a litter. But he is spoken of as being the soul of all the counsels taken by the defenders of London. The defection of the Northern Earls had left him the layman of highest rank in the city, the natural protector and military adviser of the young Kingelect.

While William was at Berkhampstead, an embassy came to submit and to do homage to him, an embassy which might be fairly looked upon as having a right to speak in the name of at least Southern England. Thither came Eadgar, a King deposed before he was full King. Thither came the Metropolitan of York, perhaps also the Metropolitan of Canterbury. Thither came at least two other Bishops, Wulfstan of Worcester and Walter of Hereford, and with them came the best men of London, and many other of the chief men of England. And on a sad and shameful errand they came. They came to make their submission to the invader, and to pray him to accept the Crown of England. --Freeman

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