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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 81



times. But not long after this, being reduced to extreme infirmity, he sent for Aldwin and Turgot, the monks, who at this time were Uving at Meilros," in poverty and contrite in spirit for the sake of Christ, and ended his life with a fuB confession of his sins, and great lamentations and penitence, at Ubbanford, which is also caBed Northam, and was buried in the porch of the church there. He gave them two fair dorsals,60 that, in whatever place they might chance to take rest, they should set them up there m remembrance of him. These are stiB preserved in the church at Durham. This Cospatric was the father of Dolfin, Walthen, and Cos-patric. After Cospatric, the earldom of Northumbria was given to Walthen, the son of earl Siward, who was entitled to it both on his father's and his mother's side. For he was the son of earl Siward, by Elfleda, the daughter of Alfred, who was formerly earl. Some time after, Waltheii having been taken prisoner, the charge of the earldom was entrusted to bishop Walcher up to the time of his death. After him, the king conferred that honor on Alfric. He, being unable to make head against times of difficulty, and having returned to his own country, the same king made Bobert de Mowbray earl of Northumbria ; but he being taken prisoner, king WiBiam the younger, and, after him, king Henry, kept Northumbria in their own hands. In the year from the incarnation of our Lord 955, Edelred,51 the excellent king of the English, feB sick, in the tenth year of his reign, and his life was despaired of ; on which, speedily dispatching a messenger, he sent for the father of his confessions,62 namely, Saint Dunstan, the abbat. While repairing with aB haste to the palace, and when he had now got haU' way thither, a voice was distinctly heard by him from above, saying, "King Edelred now rests in peace;" whereupon, the horse on which he was sitting, not being able to endure the force of the angelic voice, without any injury to his rider, fell dead upon the ground. The king's body was carried to 59 Melrose. 60 Dorsals were garments, or pieces of tapestry, which were hung against walls as a screen for the backs of those who sat near them ; whence their name. 61 A mistake for Edred. β The text is probably corrupt in this passage. 70 ANNALS OF ROGER DE HOVEDEN. A.D 955.


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