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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
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fourth day before the nones of September; at this period, Albert, abbot of Eipon, died, and Sigred succeeded him. In the year 788, a conspiracy having been formed, king Elf-wald was slain by a shocking death, by his patrician44* Sigga, the ninth day before the calends of October, at a place called Siltecester near the wall.45 The body of this excellent king was carried by great crowds of monks to the church of Hagustald, attended with the chaunts of the clergy, and was honorably buried there, in the church of Saint Andrew. He was succeeded by his nephew Osred, the son of king Alcrçd, who reigned one year. In the place where the good king Elfwald was murdered, a light sent down from heaven, is said to have been seen by great numbers of people. A church was built there by the faithful of that place, and consecrated to the honor of God, and of the saints, Cuthbert the bishop, and Oswald the king and martyr. In the year 790, Ethelred was recalled from exile, and again, by the grace of Christ, seated on the throne of his kingdom. But king Osred, having been betrayed by the treachery of his nobles, was deprived of his kingdom and shorn in the city of York, and afterwards, compelled by necessity, went into exile. In the second year of his reign, duke Eardulph was taken prisoner, and was taken to Bipon, and there slain without the gate of the church by the above-named king. The brethren having carried his body to the church with Gregorian chaunts, and then placed it in a tent outside-thereof, after midnight he was found alive within the church. In the same year Baldwulph was ordained bishop of "Whi-therne, at the place which is called Hearrahaldh, which may be translated " the place of the lords." For in the preceding year, bishop Ethelbert left his own see,47 on the death of Saint Gilbert, and received the bishopric of Hagustald, as his see. In the year 791, the sons of king Elfwald were dragged away by force from the city of York, and, having been enticed from the principal church by false promises, were shockingly slain by king Ethelred, at "Wonwaldremere ;4S their names were 41* The Patricians of the Anglo-Saxon kings were probably nobles of high rank, attached to the royal household. 45 The wall of Severus is "alluded to. The author of the chronicles of Durham and Lindisfarne calls the place Thirlwall. Perhaps Benwell, in Northumberland, is the place alluded to. 4' Of Whitherne. 49 Said by Lambarde to beWinandermere, near Kendal, in Westmoreland. 12 AXXSXS OF EOGEK DE HOTEDEÎT. A.D. 791.


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