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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 J). 958. ODO, ABCHBISHOP 0 7 CANTERBURY, DIES. 4/9 avenge herself on this man of God, sent officers, as it is said, to deprive him of his eyes, if he couldfoe found. But, as they could not discover him, they returned home in confusion. A.D. 957. King Edwy was wholly abandoned *by the people of Mercia and Northumberland, because he acted foolishly in the government committed to his charge, through hatred and folly ; destroying all the wise men of the kingdom, and all the nobles, and cherishing the ignorant and wicked with love and affection. And when he had been deposed by the unanimous conspiracy of all men, they, prompted by God, elected his brother Edgar king, and, with the approbation of the people, the whole government of the kingdom was divided between the two brothers, so that the river Thames separated their several dominious. Then Edgar brought back the blessed Dunstan from banishment, and restored him in all honour to his former dignity. After a short interval had elapsed, Kinewold, bishop of Worcester, died, and the blessed Dunstan, although he opposed such a step vigorously, was elected and consecrated by Odo, archbishop of Canterbury. A.D. 958. Brithelm, bishop of London, died, and king Edgar appointed the blessed Dunstan in his place, who immediately founded a monastery in Westminster for twelve monks, in the place where bishop Mellitus had formerly built a church to Saint Peter ; and he appointed the holy Wolty abbot of it. The same year, the holy Odo, archbishop of Canterbury, separated king Edwy and Algiva from one another, either on the ground of consanguinity, or because he had lived with her in adultery. The same year also, Odo, archbishop of Canterbury, a man of brilliant genius, exemplary virtue, and powerful ui the spirit of prophecy, was released from all human concerne, and carried to paradise by the hands of angels. And when he had been translated to heaven, Ealffin, bishop of the city of Winchester, sent profuse presents by the hands of mediators, and endeavoured to cajole king Edgar, and so, following the example of Simon Magus, he, by the intervention of money, ascended the throne of the church of Canterbury. And even on the very day of bis first entrance into his office, he could not abstain from vomiting forth the madness which he had conceived in bis mind, but, going unto the tomb of the holy Odo, and kicking it with Ina foot, said, "You most wicked old man ! at last, though too late, you have given up the ghost, and departed and made room for a better man. But


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