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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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and praise, and honour," of his own composition, in the presence of the emperor ; and the emperor was so highly pleased with them, that he soon released hun from his bondage, and restored his bishopric; and he established a rule, that these verses should be chaunted on this day at the end of the procession as it entered the church. A.D. 843. Lothaire, king of the French and emperor of the Romans, marching into Saxony, with great courage put down a very formidable conspiracy of freedmen, who wished to crush their masters, and condemned the ringleaders of the sedition to death. A.D. 844. Sergius, who is also called Pelagius, - was appointed to the Roman chair, and governed that see three years. The same year, Ethelwolf, king of the West Saxons, fought the nation of the Danes at Carrum, but the Danes got the victory. The same year, Ethelred, king of Northumberland, was driven from his kingdom, and was succeeded by Readwolf, who, immediately after he was invested with the crown, fought a battle against the pagans at Aluethelie, in which he and his commander Alfred fell with the greatest part of his troops; and after this, Ethelred became king a second time. A.D. 845. Duke Earnulf, with the men of Somerset, and duke Osric, with the men of Dorset, and with Alstan, bishop of Sherburne, fought a battle against the Danes at Pedredeamouth, and made a great slaughter of the enemy, and gained the victory. The same year, Egbert, bishop of Lmdi&farne, died, and was succeeded by Eanbert. A.D. 846. Ethelstan, the bishop, and Alcher, the general, fought a battle at Sandwich against an immense army of the pagans, and took nine of their largest ships, and put the rest to night. A.D. 847. Pope Leo occupied the see of Rome, and ruled it for eight years, three months, and six days ; and the see waa vacant two months. The same year, Eadbert, bishop of Worcester, died, and was succeeded by Alhun. A.D. 848. Ethelred, king of Northumberland, was slain, and was succeeded by Osbert, who reigned in his stead eighteen years. The same year, an eclipse of the sun took place at six o'clock, on the first of October. A.D. 849. A son was born to Ethelwolf, king of the West


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