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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.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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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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put the enemy to flight. And then the faithful pursued them without mercy, and drowned many in the waves, and slew some with the sword. And those who were able to escape from this slaughter, fled, and came to Leicester, which is called in English TOtrljaU, where they found many of their fellowcountrymen in a certain town, and were allowed to join their company. And when the king arrived before that town, he could not maintain a siege of it ; on which account he burnt with fire all the corn and food which he could find outside of the town. A.D. 896. The wicked army of the pagans quitted Leicester, and marched to Northumberland, where, having procured ships, they began to sail over the sea. At last, they entered the mouth of the river Lea, not far from the city of London, and landing there, they drew their ships to land, and occupied themselves in rapine and plunder. And when the citizens of London heard this, they united to themselves all the people of the district, and coming to the before-mentioned place, found that the enemy had built themselves a town. And when the two armies met in a hostile manner, the citizens of London were put to flight, and four of the king's soldiers were slain. Ο with what frequent miseries, with what terrible distresses, in what a fearful manner, and with what lamentable evils was all England harassed, not only by the Danes who at that time occupied a part of England, but also by these eons of Satan ! However, not long afterwards, king Alfred arrived, and the pagans were compelled to abandon the place ; and departing by night through the province of Mercia, they did not stop till they came to a town on the Severn, which, is called (Staantebrtge. And when they retreated, the king ordered their ships to be burnt with fire. A.D. 897. Boniface became pope and filled the Boman chair for one year and sixteen days. The same year, king Alfred appointed guardians of the kingdom against the irruptions of the Danes, namely Ceolmund Primicerius in Kent ; bishop Suithulf in the city of Rochester ; count Brithwulf in Essex'; count Ethelred in the city of London ; bishop Halard in Dorchester ; Eadnlf in Sussex ; bishop Berthulf in Winchester, and many others in different places, whose names it would be tedious to enumerate one after the other. At which time also, king Alfred caused ships of war, which he called cyuls or galleys, to be

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