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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. 912. DEATH OF THE YICEBOY OF MEBCIA. 459 A.D. 908. The city of Leicester, which had been destroyed by the invasion of the Danes, was restored by the anxious care of Ethelred, duke of Mercia, and of Elfleda, his wife. A.D. 909. King Edward sent a military expedition into Northumberland, against the Danes, who were raising a rebellion in that county, and the king's soldiers pursued them fiercely for nearly forty days, and slew many of them, and took some prisoners, whom they carried off to their great disgrace. A.D. 910. The bones of the holy Oswald, the king and martyr, were reverently transported from Bardennes in Mercia. The same year, Bollo, prince of the Normans, attacked the city of Chartres in a hostile manner, intending to take it by surprise. But when, failing in'that, he endeavoured to take it by repeated attacks, the citizens armed for the defence of their city, and manned the ramparts of the walls. But when at last they began to despair of being able to hold out, they adopted a most salutary counsel, and, erecting as their standard the Supparum, that is to say, the chemise of the Mother of God, which Charlemagne, when be returned from Jerusalem, had placed in the monastery dedicated to that Blessed Virgin, raising this, I say, on the highest point of the wall of the city, they provoked Bollo and his soldiers to laughter. But that the virtue of the Mother of God might bridle the rashness of the unbelievers, a sudden panic seized Rollo and all his forces, so that they precipitately abandoned all the things which they had collected for the siege, and placed their only hope of safety in flight. And when the citizens beheld them flying, they punued them with the edge of the sword, and slew many thousands of them, and compelled Rollo, himself, after the rout of his army, to flee to the city of Rouen. A.D. 911. Anastasius became pope, and filled the Roman see two years and as many months. The same year, the Danes invaded Mercia in a hostile manner, and plundered and ravaged that province. And when news of this was brought to king Edward, be went forth with a military force and encountered those robbers, and inOTofcenfftttif, that is to say, in the field of Woden, he fought a battle against them, and slew the two kings of the pagans, Eowils and Hildein, with the two counts Scufa and Other, and nine of their nobles. A.D. 912. Ethelred, viceroy of Mercia, a king of eminent


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