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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. 1065. ACCOTOT OF THE MABTTB OSWDT. 549 situated at the mouth of the river Tyne, on the north bank, and was buried there in royal fashion. And there, on account of the frequency of the miracles wrought at it, the place of his burial was, for a very long series of years, held in such great reverence by the people of the country, that they thought that the king, who was buried among them, was their lord and patron on earth, and their defender in heaven. On which account, in process of time, to the greater glory of the martyr, virgins, under the vows of nuns, from the convent of the Abbess Saint Hilder, were introduced to watch by his body till the time of the Danish persecution, which was raised by the fury of the brothers, Hinguar and Hubba, and they remained in the church of the blessed mother of God, in the northern part of the district. In that furious persecution, that monastery, with all the other convents of that part of the county, is believed to have been demolished, and the holy virgins were translated by martyrdom to the kingdom of heaven. After these events that district fell into the power of the infidel Danes, and continued so for many ages, and so the recollection of the holy martyr was utterly effaced from the minds of the people of the province. At length the devotion of the faithful gradually returned, and as the purity of their faith increased, the bishop of the place established some priests in the church of the mother of God, and also some of the secular clergy, who should perform the offices of divine service for all the inhabitants of the parishes of the province. In the meantime, the most blessed martyr lay buried beneath the lowly turf till the time of JEgelwin, bishop of Durham, and Tosti, earl of Northumberland, who obtained that earldom after the death of Siward, not by hereditary succession, but by the gift of king Edward. It seemed good, therefore, to the divine mercy to bring the relics of the most blessed martyr to light, for the sake of the advancement of the whole church, during the lifetime of the pontiff before mentioned, in order that the light which had long been hidden under a bushel might at last be set upon a candlestick, and lighten the darkness of infidelity. But there was a certain keeper of the before-mentioned church in which the body of the blessed martyr had been buried, by name Edmund, a man of great piety, and devoted to the blessed martyr, who, although he had never been attached by any formal profession to the body of any monastery, had, nevertheless, been invested with the monastic habit. He, one night, when after a noe

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