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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Queens of England. Vol.1.
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his remains, which were interred in the abbey, founded by Harold himself, at Waltham, in Essex, by his unhappy mother, who placed over the tomb the simple but expressive device— &aroin Itittlix. [Harold the Unhappy.) In compliance with his vow, William lost no time in having the stately abbey of St. Martin, now called linttle Abbey, erected upon the field of victory, where prayers were daily said for the sins of all who fell in the battle of Hastings, the name by which that sanguine engagement is now known. The high altar in the chapel of this stately structure is said to have stood on the very spot where Harold first planted his standard. In that remarkable specimen of needlework, the Bayeaux tapestry, now preserved in the museum of BaYOauX, thjl battle of Hastings is graphically delineated, as also is the great comet-which was visible in England just before the arrival of the Conqueror and his armament, and which frightened the inhabitants into a belief that a national calamity was about to occur. The Bayeaux tapestry is said to be the most beautiful embroidery extant, and the work of Matilda's own hands. It consists of a roll of linen cloth about seventy yards long, and eighteen or nineteen inches wide, forming a pictorial- chronicle of the Norman conquest.—First is presented the visit of Harold to Normandy ; then succeeds his oath on the relies of the saints, which is followed by the preparations for the conquest and the embarkation : after which, comes the landing in England, the battle of Hastings, and Harold's death. CHAPTER III. William of Normandy crowned king of England—Matilda rules Normandy -with success—Her revenge on her scorner Brithric—William's court in Essex—Triumphant return to Normandy—Rebellion in England—Matilda re-appointed regent of Normandy — William hastens to England—Restores tranquillity—Arrivalof'Matilda in England—Her coronation—Champion instituted—Birth of Erince Henry—* Tower and other fortresses built—-Abortive plot of the Earls Edwin and Morcar— Matilda and her family return to Normandy—Starvation and civil war in England —Curfew—Bitter sufferings of the Saxons—The churchespillaged—Saxon prelates deposed—The king*s intrigue with a Kentish maiden—Matilda's vengeance on her rival—Normandy invaded—Matilda*s daughter Constance marries Alan Eergeant, ? JN the Christmas day Early on Christmas morning, William, that succeeded the who had passed the previous night at the battle of Hastings, palace of Blackfriars, proceeded by water the thoroughfares of to London Bridge, whore he landed, London and West-mounted his charger, and, accompanied mms r were * e by a grand cavalcade of English and ÏW^ÊQ^WÊÊffà) crowded with gaily ap Norman nobles, proceeded, amidst the parelled persons, all deafening shouts of the excited multianxious to behold the expected pageant, tude, to Westminster Abbey, the English for on that festival day was William to all the time riding nearest to his person. be inaugurated monarch of England. In consequence of a dispute between The stately edifice where the coronation Stigand, Archbishop of Canterbury, and was to take place, was strewed with rushes, the Holy See, William, to prevent his and decorated with fantastie hangings coronation being questioned at any future of rich embroidery, especially worked for period, chose to be consecrated by Aldred, the occasion by the Saxon ladies, whose Archbishop of York; and he received stitcherv was at that period unmatched. the royal circlet, not as a right obtained by

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