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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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far from Winburne. And when Ethelwald heard this, he fled away by night, and went to Northumberland, and in a suppliant manner intreated the Danes, who were in that country, to admit him as their comrade, and to make him one of their body, so that he might get the better of king Edward ; and he was immediately declared king, and invested with the royal dignity by them all. But king Edward was vexed at his flight, and when he found that he could not overtake and seize him, he ordered the nun whom he had carried off to be led back to her monastery ; but Ethelwald, having made ready a ship, sailed over to Gaul, in order to collect a more powerful army, and so return and attack the king. In the meantime, the king extended the boundaries of his kingdom more widely than his father had done, and built many cities and towns, and repaired some that had been destroyed. By a concubine named Egwin he had bis firstborn son Athelstan. By another woman, who was his queen, and who was named Elfleda, the daughter of Count Ealfelm, he had two sons, Ethelward and Edwin. Moreover, his wife bore him six daughters, of whom Eadfleda became a nun, and is buried with her sister Ethelhild at Wilton. But the other four are all related to have been married. The first of them, by name Edgiva, was married to Otho, emperor of the Romans; the second, who was called Eadhilda, was married to Charles, king of France ; the third to Siricius, king of Northumberland : her name was Edith, and she was a woman of great piety ; the fourth, whose name was Algiva, became the wife of Moreover by his wife Edith this same king bearne father of Edmund and Edred. At this time the monastery, at Clugny was founded by William, the pious duke of Aquitaine. A.D. 902. Ethelwald Gito, who has been already spoken of, returning from the parts across the sea, collected a numerous army of pagans, who dwelt in Northumberland and East Anglia and divers other places, and with that army and the forces which he brought with him from the countries across the sea, he invaded Mercia in a hostile manner, and destroyed everything that came in his way, with fire and sword. At last, when, having*met with no obstacle, he had determined to return with the great booty that he had collected, to his own country, king Edward, accompanied b^ a numerous army of soldiers, came up with him, and put him to flight, and pur


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