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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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the precipices of the mountains and in the hiding-places in the woods, according to the ancient proverb— " Where'er the head deceased is, The other limbs know little ease/1 A.D. 512. Uther Pendragon, king of the Britons, being greatly grieved at the subversion of the kingdom, and the oppression of the holy church, and the desolate state of the nobles, and the dispersion of the people, having convoked all the nobles of his kingdom, reproached them bitterly for their pride and indolence. And, heaping many hard words and reproaches on them, he swore that he himself would lead them against the enemy in order to recall the minds of all men to their former state and boldness. Therefore, he ordered a Utter to be made in such a manner that he might be carried in it, as his in » firmity prevented him from advancing in any other way. Accordingly, the king having been placed in a Utter, he marched to Verulamium with all the force of his kingdom, where the wicked Saxons were encamped, and from whence they were oppressing the whole kingdom. And when Octa and Bosa heard of the advance of the Britons, and that their king had come in a Utter, they disdained to fight with him, because he came in a carriage : therefore, they withdrew into the city, and left the gates open, out of indignation. But Uther ordered his men at once to blockade the city, and to batter down the walls on every side ; and, accordingly, having beaten down the walls, they would at once have entered the city, and shed no little blood, if the Saxons had not at last determined to resiat them. But when morning came, the Saxons marched out with their forces in battle array, challenging the Britons to battle ; the Britons opposed them gallantly, the Saxons charged intrepidly, and great slaughter took place on both aides. At last, after many bloody battles, the victory was decided in favour of the king of the Britons, and Octa and Eosa having been slain, the remainder of the Saxonsfled before the Britons. Therefore, the king was delighted, and derived such vigour of mind and such happiness from his victory, that he who was previously unable to rise without the support of another, no w with a slight effort reseated himself in his Utter as if he had recovered his former health. •.p . 513. John was appointed to the Soman chair, and oc


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