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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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158 ANNALS OP XIOGEE DE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1075. appointed. Wulstan was also joined by Egei win, the abbat of Evesham, with all his people who had been summoned to his assistance, together with Urso, the sheriff of "Worcester, and Walter de Lacy, with his troops, and a considerable multitude of the lower classes. But earl ltodulph having pitched his camp near Grantebridge, Odo, bishop of Bayeux, the king's brother, and Geoffrey, bishop of Constance, having collected a great body both of English and Normans and prepared for battle, opposed him. On seeing that his attempts were thus thwarted by the multitude that opposed him, he secretly fled to Norwich, and entrusting the castle to his wife and his knights, embarked on board ship, and fled from England into Brittany ; on which, being pursued by his adversaries, all of his men whom they could overtake they cither put to death, or else inflicted upon them various kinds of punishments. After this, the nobles besieged the castle of Norwich, until, peace being made by the king's sanction, the countess, with her people, was allowed to leave England. These events having happened, in the autumn the king returned from Normandy, and placed earl Bogcr in confinement, and in like manner threw earl "Waltheof into prison, although he had besought his mercy. Edgitha, the former queen of the English, died this year at Winchester, in the month of December, on which her body was, by the royal command, conveyed to London, and honorably buried at Westminster, near that of her lord, king Edmund. Here, at the ensuing Nativity of our Lord, the king hold his court, and some of those who had uplifted their necks against him he banished from England, and others he mangled, by putting out their eyes, or cutting off their hands ; earls Waltheof and Boger, condemned by a judicial sentence, he committed to closer custody. In the year 1075, earl Waltheof, by command of king William, was unrighteously led outside of the city of Winchester, and there cruelly decapitated with an axe, and buried in the ground on the spot; but in course of time, God so ordaining it, his body was raised from the earth, and carried with great honor to Croyland, and with great pomp buried in the church there. While he was still in possession of life in this world, on being placed in close confinement, he unceasingly bewailed what he had done amiss, and most zealously endea-


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