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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.
page 35



24 ANNALS OF KOGEE DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 763. the son of Agelthen, the son of Offa, the son of Wermund, the son of Widaet, the son of Woden.'5 Offa -was a most -warlike king ; for he conquered the people of Kent in battle, and Vanquished in -war the people of Wessex and the Northumbrians. He also shewed himself a pious man, for he transferred the bones of Saint Alban to a monastery which he had built and gfeatly enriched, and gave to the pope of Rome, the vicar of St. Peter, a fixed tribute for ever, from each town in his kingdom." In the third year of king Kinewulph, Eadbert, king of the Northumbrians, seeing the unfortunate lives and unhappy ends of the above-named kings, (namely, Ethelbald and Sigebert,) and at the same time the praiseworthy life and glorious end of his predecessor Ceolwulph, chose that better part which could not be taken away from him. Por having resigned his kingdom, he assumed the tonsure of his head, destined to produce for him an everlasting crown, and put on the dark-eoloured clothes that were to confer on him an ethereal splendour. He was the eighth of those kings who of their own accord gave up their kingdoms for Christ, or rather, to speak more truthfully, exchanged them for an eternal kingdom ; which eight are in the everlasting enjoyment of the multiplied delights of unspeakable blessings, and their blessed example is worthy of imitation. He was succeeded in the kingdom by his son Osulf ; who after he had reigned one year, was infamously betrayed by his own household, and slain. After him, Mollethelwald'8 reigned nine years. About this time archbishop Cuthbert" died. In the sixth year of the reign of king Kinewulph, Ethelbert, king of Kent, departed this life. In the same year, Ceolwulph, who, having resigned his earthly kingdom, had become a monk, departed unto a heavenly one. In the following year, 78 Roger of Wendover differs considerably in the names, and gives two more ancestors to Offa before Woden. His words are, " the son of Ware-mund, who was the son of Withleg, who was the son of Wagon, who was the son of Frethegeath, who was the son of Woden." 77 This is the Rome-scot, or St. Peter's pence, which consisted of a penny from each house, payable on the festival of Saint Peter. According to some accounts, it was Ina who made the first grant of it to the Papal see. 78 This is the same king whom he has already mentioned under the year 759, by the name of Ethelwald, surnamed Moll. 73 Of Canterbury.


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