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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.


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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The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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died, and was succeeded by Wolfhelm, bishop of Wells ; and jElfeg succeeded Wolfhelm, in the bishopric of the church of Wells. A.D. 925. Athelstan, king of England, married his sister Eadgitha, in honourable matrimony, to Sithric, king of Northumberland, a prince descended from the Danish nation. And Sithric forsaking paganism out of love for this virgin, embraced the faith of Christ ; but not long afterwards, he repudiated that blessed virgin, and rejected Christianity, and restored the worship of idols ; and a short time after his apostasy, he ended his life in a miserable manner. Then, that holy damsel, who had always preserved her virginity, continued her time at Pollesbury, in fastings, and vigils, and prayers, and the giving of alms, and persevered to the end of her life, being mighty in good works. But after the course of this praiseworthy life, she passed from this world, on the fifteenth of July, and to this very day, divine miracles are constantly celebrated at her tomb. A.D. 926. Fiery rays in the northern portion of the heavens were seen throughout all England, which portended the shameful death of that king Sithric, whose name has been mentioned above, and who perished miserably no long time after. And then Athelstan drove out his son Guthferth, and added his kingdom to his own dominions, and after that, he defeated in battle and put to flight all the inferior kings in England, namely, Hunwal, the king of the Britons, Constantine, king of the Scots, and Wolferth, king of the WentL He also drove Eldred, the son of Eadulf, out of the castle of Bebbanberik. And all these princes, with other governors of provinces, seeing that they were not able to resist his energy, came to him and besought him to grant them peace, and, re* nouncing idolatry, they made a most lasting treaty with him. A.D. 927. Hugo, the son of count Robert, took for his wife the sister of king Athelstan. In which year, also, Tilred, bishop of Lindisfarne, died, and was succeeded by Wilfred. A.D. 928. Leo became pope of Borne, and occupied that see for six months and fifteen days. In the same year, Tun* frid, bishop of Lichfield, died, and was succeeded by Ella. About this same period, so great a friendship arose between king Athelstan and Robert, duke of Normandy, that each of them had influence in the affairs of the other, and that, in all then- wars, they were benefited by their reciprocal co-operation.

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