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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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The same year, the Holy Olaus, the king, teacher, preacher, and apostle of the Norici, in Norway, and son of Harold, king of the Norici, was slain in Norway, being cruelly wounded by the Norici with an axe, for that nation uses axes, not swords. For that pagan and most blood-thirsty nation was indignant that the holy king Olaus, by his preaching, teaching, spreading the Gospel, and making laws, was destroying their ancient superstitious laws. · A.D. 1031. Robert, duke of Normandy, haying gloriously finished his pilgrimage to Jerusalem, died among the Alps, while he was on his way back to his own country. He was succeeded by William his son, who, when he became a man, so vigorously attacked all his enemies who despised him in his age of childhood, that he not only restored his own possessions to their former state, but even procured advantages to himself from the losses of others. The same year, Canute, the most mighty king of England and Denmark, went to Rome with great honour, and offered vast gifts of gold and silver, and silken cloth, and precious stones, to Saint Peter, the chief of the Apostles, and procured from pope John the exemption of \he English school from tribute. Both in going and returning he distributed large alms among the poor. On his way, he, by payment of large sums, abolished many barriers where tolls were extorted from foreigners. And before the tomb of Peter, the prince of the apostles, he vowed to God to amend his fife and habits, as he has stated plainly in the letter which on his return from Rome he sent to the nobles of England by the hands of Living, a prudent man, and afterwards bishop of the church of Crediton, and by those of other ambassadors. And among other things, he announced to JSgelnoth, archbishop of Canterbury, and to iElfric, archbishop of York, and to all the bishops and prelates of England, that he had been at Rome at the great and solemn festival of Easter, in the presence of pope John and the emperor Conrad, and all the kings and princes of the nations which he between Mount St. Angelo and the nearest sea, all of whom received him honourably, and distinguished him with splendid presents. Among whom, the emperor in particular bestowed on him many gifts, not only of very valuable garments, but also of golden vessels. And he complained before the lord the pope, that an immense sum of money was extorted from the archbishops of this country

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