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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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Ava, and who was singing among the others) by the arm to drag her away, could not do it, but as the maiden was immoveable, he tore her arm from her body, and yet not a drop of blood flowed. Accordingly, she remained with the rest the whole year dancing and singing. No rain fell upon them, no heat, no cold, no hunger, no thirst, no weariness afflicted them ; their clothes and their shoes were not worn out, but they kept on singing incessantly like people insensible. First of all they were plunged into the earth up to their knees, and subsequently up to their thighs ; a fabric like the roof of a house was raised over them by the instigation of God, in order to keep off the rain from them, but in vain. At last, after the lapse of a year, Herebert, archbishop of Cologne, released them from the bonds by which their hands were bound, and reconciled them before the altar of the holy martyr Magnus. The daughter of the priest, with two others of the company, immediately expired ; the rest slept for three days and nights, then some of them died, but others showed the punishment that they had suffered by the trembling of their limbs. Let those persons read this who are bound by vows of obedience, that they may perceive how much efficacy there is in such obedienee. The emperor Henry going out to hunt on the Sunday which is called Quinquagesima, came by himself, his companions being all dispersed, to the edge of a certain wood, near which wood he beheld a church, to which he went, and stating himself falsely to be a soldier, he asked the priest in a simple manner to give him the mass. This priest was a man eminent for his religion, but so ugly in his person, that he seemed rather a monster than a man ; and when the emperor had carefully looked at him, he began greatly to marvel why God, from whom all beautiful things proceed, allowed so unsightly a man to perform his sacraments. But presently the mass was commenced, and they came to that part of the service in which a boy chaunted " Be ye sure that the Lord is God and the priest reproving the boy because he was singing carelessly, said with a loud voice, " It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves,"—at which words the emperor was struck, and thinking the priest a prophet, raised him, in spite of great opposition on his part, to the archbishopric of Cologne. But when he had received the archbishopric, he adorned that see by his religion, and also by his worthy course

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