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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.
page 375



366 MATTHEW ΟΥ WSSTMnrSTEB. A.D.773. of Leicester, died, and was succeeded by Unwona. For Leicester is an ancient city, denying its name from Leyr, king of the Britons. And the first English bishop of that see was named Totta, the second was Eadbert, the third was Werebert, the fourth1 was Unwona, who with Offa, king of Mercia:, and Hunbert, archbishop of Lichfield (as they commonly called ' Berthun, transposing the syllables of his name), is said to,have been present, with the rest of the bishops, at àie discovery of the body of the blessed proto-martyr, Alban. But of this we shall speak hereafter. A.D. 769. The city Cataracta was burnt with fire, by Beornred* the tyrannical king of Mercia, who had been deposed. But Beornred himself perished miserably by fire, the same year, by the just judgment of God. A.D. 770. Charles, king of France, having collected a mighty army, attacked the nation of the Saxons in war, and, though a great number of his chief men were slain, he nevertheless, returned home with the victory. The same year, stars were seen to fall from heaven in an awful manner. A.D. 771. Offa, king of Mercia, subdued the nation of the Angles by force of arms. And the same year, Charles, king of France, was cut short by a sudden death, and so expired ; and Charles, his brother, who had previously obtained one half of his father's dominions, now took upon himself the sole government of the whole kingdom, amid the acclamations of the people.2 A.D. 772. Pope Stephen died, and Adrian the First succeeded him, and ruled the church twenty-three years, ten months, and eighteen days. A.D. 773. Ealdred, king of Northumberland, departed this life, and was succeeded by Ethelred. The same year, Offa, king of Mercia, fought a battle against the Kentish people, at Ottanforde. But at length, after terrible slaughter on both sides, Offa was gloriously successful, and retired in triumph. The same year, pope Adrian invited Charles to Rome, to defend the church ; and he arriving there, besieged Papia, and leaving his army there, went on to Rome himself, and there celebrated 1 There is evidently some mistake or else some corruption of the text here. At the beginning of the sentence Werebert was called the fourth bishop, and if so, Unwona must have been the fifth. 8 The Charles who died was Carloman : the Charles who obtained the undivided sovereignty was Charlemagne. Pepin died 768, and Carloman 771* as is correctly stated here.


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