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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. 955. EDWT SUCCEEDS TO THE ΤΗΒΟΝΕ. 477 Northumberland, being greatly frightened, deposed Eilric* whom they had made their king, and made amends for the insults that they had offered to king Edred, by honours, and for the injuries that they had done him, by presents. A.D. 949. There arose in Italy the heresy of the Anthropomorphites, who contend that God has a bodily form. Against which doctrine, Richerius, bishop of Verona, protested both in speeches and writings. A.D. 950. King Eilric with his son Henry and his brother Reginald were treacherously slain in a desolate place, which is called Stein mor; through the treason of count Osulf and by the hand of the commander Maco ; and, after that, Edred reigned over these provinces. A.D. 951. King Edred committed Wolstan, archbishop of York, to close custody, at Withabirith, because he had been often accused before him, on certain grounds, as one who had caused many citizens of Thetford to be put to death, in revenge for the death of the abbot Adelm, who had been unjustly slain by them. A.D. 952. Algar, bishop of Crediton died, and by the advice of the blessed Dunstan iElfwold was appointed to succeed him. A.D. 953. Wolstan, archbishop of York, was released from custody, and restored to the episcopal dignity at Dorchester. A.D. 954. Oecitel, a good man, and one of very considerable erudition in divine knowledge, was made archbishop of York. A.D. 955. Edred, the most powerful king of England, in the tenth year of his reign, when he had begun to feel very ill, sent a swift message, to beg the blessed Dunstan to come to him, for the sake of confession. And as he was hastening rapidly to the palace, a voice sounded clearly above his head, which he heard distinctly, " King Edred has gone to his rest in peace." At which words, the horse on which he sat, not being able to endure the weight of the angels' voices, fell to the ground dead, without doing any injury to his rider. At last, when the blessed Dunstan had come to the king, he found that the king had died at the very moment that the angel announced it to him on the road. And the body of the king was carried to Winchester, and buried by the blessed Dunstan in the old monastery. He was succeeded in his kingdom by Edwy, son of king Edmund and of his queen the holy Algiva, and received royal


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