Early in 984 the king was seized by Henry II., the Quarrelsome, the deposed duke of Bavaria, who claimed the regency as a member of the reigning house, and probably entertained the idea of obtaining the kingly dignity himself.
Under a kingly government office bestowed by the sovereign holds the same place which office bestowed by the people holds in a popular government.
How noble and kingly the King was, especially in his misfortunes!
After him the chief power north of the Tyne came into the hands of a certain Eadulf of Bamburgh, who did not take the kingly title, but accepted the overlordship of Alfred the Great perhaps in 886.
The kingly house, where there is one, is not a distinct class; it is simply the noblest of the noble.