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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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they would never elect a Roman pontiff without his consent. Then Benedict, who was the nephew of the former Benedict, appeared to a certain miller, in the form of a monstrous animal, whose head and tail were those of an ass, and the rest of his body like that of a bear. And when the beholder had fled in his alarm, the monster cried out after him and said, " Fear me* not ; know that I was once a man as you are. But I present myself in this before, because formerly, when I was a wretched pope, I lived like a beast." This is the account given by Martin. The same year, the most mighty king, Canute, returning from Rome, led a hostile expedition against the Scots, who rebelled, and without much difficulty subdued king Malcolm and two other kings. Likewise the same king Canute built the abbey of Saint Benedict of Elm, and placed monks there, to serve God under the rule of Saint Benedict, whom he mightily commended. He also made a solid road along the marsh between Rames and Burgh, which is called lliugptttlft, in order to avoid the danger of the great swamps. Moreover, out of gratitude to God for the victory which he had given him, he gave many gifts, both in the way of privileges and also of estates, to the brethren of the religious orders, and he confirmed his gifts that they might last for ever. He also very liberally ordered many presents to be distributed among the poor. A.D. 1034. Benedict was elected to the Roman chair, which he filled fourteen yean. The same year, Eadric, bishop of Dorchester, died, and was succeeded by Eadnoth. A.D. 1035. Canute, king of England, Denmark, and Norway, appointed Sweyn, who was his son by Elgtva, king over the Norwegians, and his son Hardicanute, whom he had by Emma of Normandy, he caused to be crowned king of Denmark. After that, he returned into England, and on the twelfth of November he died at Shaftsbury ; and I think the following story respecting him ought not to be omitted. As he was nourishing and magnificent in the kingdom which he had acquired by his bravery, he one day ordered his royal chair to be placed on the sea-shore, and then mounting, he sat down m it, and said in a threatening voice, " You are under my dominion, Ο sea, and the land on which I sit is mine, nor

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