Early medieval roots of Austrian, Austerian and Germanic principles

I was reading the engrossing “The Norman Conquest – the battle of Hastings and the fall of anglo-saxon England” when I hit the following sentence on page 14:

“That [king]AEthelred [father of king Edward the Confessor) was ill-advised is not open to doubt: the king himself admitted as much in a charter of 933, in which he blamed the mistakes of his youth on the greed of men who had led him astray. From that point on he put more faith in peaceable churchmen, but they regarded the Viking attacks as divine punishment, and thus saw the solution as spiritual reform: more prayers, more gifts to the church, and, in the meantime, large payment of tribute to persuade the invaders to go away…”

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