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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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slew Quichelin in the place which is called to this day, in the language of the Angles, ©utdjeltnttf Ratine, and in evidence of his victory he gave the name to the place, and so returned in triumph to his country. A.D. 627. A certain revelation was made to archbishop Panlinus by divine inspiration, as it is believed, which excited king Edwin to believe in this manner. As Ethelred, who reigned before him, had formerly persecuted him, he fled and abode with Redwald, king of the East Angles ; but while there, he ascertained, through some friend of his, that Redwald had been bribed, by the presents of Ethelred, either to kill him himself, or else to deliver him up to his enemy to be murdered. On receiving this information, Edwin answered his friend, "Whither can I now fly, after having been for so many years traversing all the territories of Britain, in hopes to avoid the treachery of my enemies? If I must die, I had rather let him kill me here, than fall by a meaner hand." And as he was lying on his bed the next night, tormented by mental anguish in this manner, he saw a man utterly unknown to him standing by him, and saying, " What would you give to the man who would release you from this misery, and persuade king Redwald to love you ?" And when he replied, " Everything that is in my power," the other continued, " What would you give to any man who should promise you truly that you should become a powerful king, having crushed your former enemies ? " Edwin having made the same reply as before, he proceeded, " And if any one were to shew to you a better path of life than any one of your ancestors enjoyed, would you be guided by him ?" When Edwin had promised most firmly that he would, then the other, placing his hands upon his head, added, "When then this token happens to you, remember this time and this conversation." And when he had said this, he disappeared suddenly, that the king might understand that it was not a man, but a spirit. In the morning, the royal youth was sitting by himself, when the friend of whom I have spoken before came to him, and said, "Arise and be cheerful, the king's heart is changed towards you. For by the advice of the queen, he has determined to keep faith with you." In short, Redwald, as has been already related, declared war against king Ethelred, and restored Edwin to his kingdom. And when Paulinus, being prompted by the Holy Spirit, had brought this oracle to the king's


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