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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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donation which is usually given to the great nobles at the coronation of the king. A.D. 974. Otho the Second obtained the empire of the Romans, and reigned ten years. The same year, Donne became pope, and ruled the Roman see one year and six months. About the same time, there landed in the Isle of Thanet some merchants coming from York, who were immediately taken prisoners by the inhabitants of that island, and stripped of all their goods. At which king Edgar was roused to anger, and treated those robbers with such severity that he' confiscated the property of all of them, and some of them he even executed. About this time also, the body of Elgiva, the mother of Edgar, was discovered bj divine revelation in the place which is called Septonia, of Shaftesbury. The same year, king Edgar the Pacific, coming to the city of Caerleon, received an oath of fealty from eight of his tributary kings ; namely, from Kined, king of the Scots, from Malcolm, king of Cumberland, from Maco, king of Man and many other islands, from Dufnal, king of Demetia, from Siferth and Howel, kings of Wales, from James, king of Galwallia, and Jukil, king of Westmaria. And die next day, embarking on board ship with them, the tributary kings were all placed at the oars, and he himself took the helm, and steering the vessel skilfully along the course of theriver, to the adrniration of many, while all his nobles followed him in a similar boat, he sailed from his palace as far as the monastery of John the Baptist, where, after he had finished divine service, he returned back to the palace with the same pomp ; but, as he re-entered his palace, he is reported to have said to his nobles, " that now at last all his successors might boast that they were kings of England, since he had enjoyed a procession of such honour and triumph in the obedience of so many kings." The same year, a great earthquake shook the whole o f England. A.D. 975. King Edgar the Pacific, consulting at the same time the advantage and the tranquillity of his kingdom, collected four thousand eight hundred strong ships ; of which he stationed twelve hundred on the eastern coast of England, twelve hundred on the western coast, twelve hundred on the southern, and twelve hundred in the northern ocean, to be a defence to his kingdom, and sustain any dangers of war which might arise from foreign nations. He had besides, during the


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