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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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who had embraced the faith of Christ with him, remained twelve days with king Alfred in great joy ; and, when they departed, the king gave them many valuable gifts, and allowed their prince, Athelstan, to hold East-Anglia under him ; the country in which the holy Edmund had reigned. A.D. 879. The wicked army of the pagans left Cirencester, and marched into the country of the East-Angles, where the newly-baptized Gytro had begun to dwell, and was dividing that country among his followers. At which time also, king Alfred founded Seaftonia, which was formerly a noble city, but which is now only a village, where afterwards Algiva, the queen of king Edmund, who was the great-grandson of this king Alfred, built a monastery for nuns. The same year, Lewis succeeded to the government of the kingdom of the French. The same year, Charles obtained the Roman empire, and governed it for twelve years. About the same time, Dunbert, bishop of the city of Winchester, died, and was succeeded in his bishopric by Dunewolf. Dunewolf is that same swineherd, as it is reported, whom king Alfred, when retreating before the violence of the pagans, found feeding swine in Ethelingay, and with whom he abode some time, aa we have related above ; and the king, having discovered his singular abilities, as soon as he was restored to his kingdom, caused him to be educated in learning and literature ; and afterwards, when he had become fully instructed in those things, he caused'him to be consecrated bishop of Winchester. A.D. 880. A great army of pagans came over from the districts of Gaul, and arrived in the river Thames, and wintered at dfulnnjam (Fulhaui). The same year, an eclipse of the moon took place just after midnight, on the thirteenth day of October. A.D. 881. A great many monasteries in the kingdom of France were demolished and overthrown by the pagans. On which account, the brethren of the Floriacensian monastery took the relics of the blessed abbot Benedict out of his tomb, and, fleeing from the enemy, traversed the country in every direction. The same year also, king Alfred overthrew and slew a great army of pagans in a naval battle, and compelled some of their tribes to submit to his authority. A.D. 882. The holy Cuthbert appeared, in a nocturnal vision, to the abbat Eadred, and commanded him to tell the bishop of that district to cause the people to pay a ransom for, and to VOL. I. EE


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