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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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others of the chief men of England, ' also his brother Odo, bishop of Bayeux, and "WiBiam FitzOsbern, whom he had made earl of the province of Hereford ; and leaving garrisons in England, he ordered the fortresses throughout the country to be strengthened. In this year, Wulsy, bishop of Dorchester, departed this life at Winchester, but was buried at Dorchester. At this period, there was a certain very powerful thane, Edric surnamed "the Woodsman,"31 son of Alfric, the brother of Edric Streona, whose lands, because he disdained to surrender to the king, the men of the castle at Hereford, and Bichard the son of Scrob, frequently laid waste ; but as often as they attacked him, they lost many of their knights and esquires. Therefore, having caBed to his aid the kings of the Welch, namely Bleothgent and Biward, about the time of the Assumption of Saint Mary, the said Edrie laid waste the province of Hereford, as far as the bridge over the river Lug,32 and carried off a great quantity of plunder. Afterwards, on the approach of winter, king WBUam returned to England from Normandy, and imposed on the English an intolerable tribute, and then, going into Devonshire, hos-tilely attacked the city of Exeter, which the citizens and some English thanes held against him ; on which he laid siege to it, and speedUy took it by storm. However, the countess Githa, the mother of Harold king of England, and sister of Sweyn king of Denmark, flying with many others from the city made her escape and went to Flanders ; but the citizens with assurances of friendship submitted to the king. In the year 1068, there were two popes at Borne, namely, the bishop of Parma, who was expelled, and the bishop of Lucca, who continued to be pope. After Easter, the countess Matilda came from Normandy to England, and on the day of Pentecost, Aldred, archbishop of York, consecrated her queen. After this, Marleswein and Cospatric, and the other nobles of Northumbria, in order to avoid the king's severity, and fearing lest Bke some others they might be placed in confinement, taking with them the CUto Edgar, his mother Agatha, and his two sisters Margaret and Christiana, went by ship to Scotland ; and, with the per- 31 " Silvaticus :" probably corresponding to our surname " Atwood." He is more generally called Edric the Outlaw. 32 The Avon. 140 ANNALS OF F.OGEB DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1068.


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