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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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A.-D. 886. NAMES 07 THE KINGS 07 ENGLAND. th e city, and repaired the walls, committed it to the guardianship of Ethelred, count of Mercia, who had married Elfleda, the king's daughter, and who was descended from the royal family of that nation. And so, from that time forth, for all the rest of his life, king Alfred was the master of the whole kingdom of England, with the exception of those parts of the country which the harbarian nation of the Danes still had in subjection to them. For they had occupied the whole of Northumberland, with East Anglia, and many other districts, from which they made constant irruptions, which were a cause of great trouble to king Alfred. Now, therefore, that, in the progress of our history, we have come to one single king of the whole of England, it seems good to us to recapitulate the names of all the kings of England who reigned up to this time, distinguishing their several kingdoms, in order that while we thus trace back the succession of each in regular order, we may afford our readers the more pleasure, and make this series of our history more plain and intelligible. Woden, then, deriving his origin from the ancient stock of the Germane, after his death was translated to the gods. And the ancients, worshipping him as a god, dedicated to him the fourth day of the week, which they called from his name Wautiuaiian, that is to say, the day of Woden. He had a wife, by name Frea, to whom, in like manner, the ancients dedicated the sixth day of the week, and called it dfreoag, that is to say, the day of Frea. And Woden had by his wife Frea seven illustrious sons, from the succession of whom, seven kings derived their origin, who afterwards reigned with great power in Britain, after they had driven out the Britons. From the first-born son of Woden, by name Wecta, were descended the kings of Kent. From the second son, by name Frehegeath, were descended the kings of Mercia. From the third, Baldaus, were descended the kings of the West Saxons. From the fourth, Beldagus, were descended the kings of the Northumbrians, or Bernicians. From the fifth, Wegdag, came the kings of the Deiri. From the sixth, named Caser, were descended the kings of the East Angles.


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