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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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province were preparing to encounter them in battle, the generals of the army, Fretha and Frithegist, and, at the same time, Godwin, because they were descended of Danish blood, planning treachery against their followers, gave the first example of flight. This year, also, by command of king Ethelred, Algar, the son of the traitor JUfnc, who was mentioned above, was deprived of his eyes. A.D. 994. Sweyn, king of the Danes, and Anlaf, king of the Norwegians, came to London, with ninety-four vessels, and they immediately attacked the city, and endeavoured to take it, but, being repulsed with great loss by the citizens, they turned all their fury upon the provinces of Essex, Kent, Sussex, and Southampton, and plundered them, and crushed them, cruelly slaughtering their inhabitants. Then, king Ethelred, by the advice of his nobles, gave them a payment, which he collected throughout the whole realm of England, amounting to sixteen thousand pounds, to desist from their rapine and slaughter of innocent persons. Then, king Ethelred sent iElfeg, bishop of Winchester, and duke Ethelwold, to king Anlaf, who conducted him in peace to the royal town where king Ethelred was at that time, and who, on his petition, bathed him in the sacred fount, and caused him to be confirmed by the bishop. And then, the king received him as his adopted son, and honoured him with kingly presents ; and after that, when the summer arrived, he returned in peace to his own country. A.D. 995. The body of the holy pontiff, Cuthbert, was transferred to Durham, as had been foretold by the heavenly oracle, and an episcopal see was afterwards established in that city. For at the time when the church of Lindisfarne was pillaged by Hinguar and Hubba, Eardulf, who was then the bishop of that church, carried off the things which were in the church, and also the body of the holy Cuthbert, which was quite uncorrupted, and wandered about for several years in uncertain habitations, till at last an episcopal chair was established in the place which is called Cunengeatftre. But these things happened in the time of the great king Alfred, as has been related before in this volume. A.D. 996. Gregory was placed in the Roman chair, and filled it for two years. The same year, Richard, duke of Normandy, died, and was buried, at Fiscam, and was succeeded by his son Richard, who was called Richard the Second.

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