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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.
page 479



MATTHEW OF WESTMUTSTEB. A.D. 94·. elevation of king of France ; and king Athelstan, his uncle, having administered an oath to the ambassadors of France, sent him with some bishops into France : and count Hugo, with several nobles, went to meet him, and on the very seashore owned themselves to be the subjects of Louis. From thence, Louis is led to Laudun, and is crowned there by archbishop Arthald, in the presence of thirty bishops and princes of the kingdom. A.D. 937. Anlaf, the pagan king of Ireland and many other islands, having been invited by Constantine, king of the Scots, entered the mouth of the river Humber with a mighty fleet And Athelstan, king of England, and Ms brother Edmund, met him with their army, in the place which is. called Brunenburh ; and a battle was fought, which lasted from day-break till evening, in which the English slew five kings and seven dukes of the enemy, and shed such a quantity of blood as no one had ever heard of being shed in England up to that time. And compelling the kings Anlaf and Constantine to return to their ships, they returned in glorious triumph back to their own homes. A.D. 938. Otho became emperor of the Romans, and reigned thirty-six years. And as soon as ever he was raised to the empire, he took Eadgiva, the sister of king Athelstan, for his wife. A.D. 939. Stephen was raised to the Roman chair, which he filled for three years, four months, and fifteen days. About the same time, Athelstan, king of England, ordered two monasteries, one at Middleton, and one at Michelena, to be founded for the soul of his brother Edwin, whom he, yielding to wicked counsels, had caused to be drowned in the sea ; and he endowed them with many estates and large possessions. A.D. 940. Athelstan, the magnificent king of England, died at Gloucester, on the twenty-sixth of October. He was succeeded in the kingdom by his brother and legitimate heir, Edmund, and his corpse was carried to Malmesbury, and honourably buried in that town, in which, while still alive, he had selected a place for his grave. But when king Edmund had been invested with the ensigns of royalty, he appointed the blessed Dunstan, whom even in the lifetime of his brother, he had known to be a man of pure character and an eloquent tongue, to be present at all his councils, so that he was to be counted as one elected among the royal palatines and princes*


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