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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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borne, five should be created, that the Lord's flock might not be harassed by the attacks of wolves, because it was destitute of all pastoral care. Accordingly, the council proceeded to a regular canonical election, and appointed Frithstan, bishop of the see of Winchester ; Etheiin, bishop of Sherborne ; Eadolf, bishop of Wells ; Werstan, bishop of Crediton ; and Herstan, bishop of Cornwall. And besides these, two other bishops were elected, namely, Kinulf, to the see of Dorchester, and Bertheg was ordained bishop of the South Saxons, whose bishops have the seat of their diocese at Chichester. All these bishops received consecration, on the same day, from archbishop Phlegmund. And not long after, when an arrangement of the different dioceses was made, the following provinces weft allotted to the bishop of Winchester, namely, Hampshire, Surrey, and the Isle of Wight ; the bishop of Sherborne had Somersetshire ; the bishop of Wells had Dorsetshire and Berkshire ; the bishop of Crediton had Devonshire ; and the bishop of Cornwall had Cornwall. But after a few years there was a separate bishop appointed for Wiltshire, the seat of whose see was at Ramsbury. Of the bishops who » succeeded these five, we will speak hereafter, in their proper place. But we must not omit to mention this fact, which appears marvellous to many people, that the pontifical sees remained for such a length of time in the before-mentioned towns, which were of such elight importance ; for instance, the bishops of Cornwall had the seat of their diocese at Saint Petroch's of Bodwin, and the bishops of North Wales had theirs on the river îletlemutï)*. A.D. 906. A comet appeared, and lasted nearly half the year, indicating, perhaps, the excessive effusion of blood, and the great slaughter which soon after took place to a ruinous degree in a battle which was fought between the English and the Danes, in which many nobles of each nation were slain. A.D. 907. The magnificent king Edward, having collected a numerous army, reduced under his dominion Essex, East Anglia, Mercia, and Northumberland, with many other provinces which the Danes had occupied for a long time, and he wrested them all by force from their dominion. He also made himself master of the territories of Scotland, and Cumberland, and of the Galwalensians, and all the Western Britons, and received the submission of their kings, and then he returned with honour and glory to bis own country.

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