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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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A.D. 1052. GODWIN PLUNDERS KENT AND SUSSEX. 539 as the king was sufficiently provided with military forces, he replied that he would not send count Eustace to him. Moreover, he commanded him, inasmuch as he had assembled an army against him, and had disturbed the peace of the kingdom without his permission, to come before him on an appointed day, to make answer concerning this wrong, and to submit to the law. But Godwin, as he did not dare to engage in battle with the king, so also was he unwilling to come to his court to submit to the law ; on which account, the king, in accordance with the unanimous decision of his court, outlawed Godwin and his four sons, and banished them from England. And Godwin with his wife Giva, and Tosti his son with his wife Judith, the daughter of Baldwin, count of Flanders, and his other two sons Sweyn and Gurth, embarked on board ship with large treasures, and directed their course into Flanders to the before-mentioned count Baldwin. His sons, Harold and Leofwin, went to Bristol and crossed over to Ireland. The king, too, divorced his wife Edith, on account of her father, and sent her without any honour to Redwell, with only one handmaid, and entrusted her to the care of the abbess. A.D. 1052. Marianne, the Scot, that most veracious writer of chronicles, departed this life. The same year, queen Emma, the wife of the kings Ethelred and Canute, died, and was buried at Winchester. About the same time, Griffin, king of Wales, laid waste the provinces of Hereford, and slew numbers of the men of the district who resisted. And not long afterwards, count Harold, and his brother Leofwin, coming from Ireland into Wessex, carried oh? great booty, and slew those who opposed them. But Godwin, plundering the counties of Kent and Sussex, and carrying off a great deal of booty, came at last to the Isle of Wight, where his sons, Harold and Leofwin, joined him, and then, they all diligently plotted to avenge themselves on king Edward. Accordingly, they laboured to win over numbers of the warlike men of these provinces, and having collected an immense army, on the day of the exaltation of the Holy Cross, they steered their fleet towards the city of London, and pitched their camp near the city of dutfjuurh. King Edward, who was at that time in London, had collected a vast number of armed men, and no ^considerable fleet, in order to pursue Godwin and his sons, both by land and water. But the English, whose sons, and nephews, and kinsmen, and friends, were with Godwin,

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