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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.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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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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as if they had buried hie memory at the same time with his body. For they grudged ecclesiastical burial to the deceased king, to whom while hying they had denied the honours of royalty. But he enjoyed the unanimous pity of the Deity, who honoured him who had been thus murdered, though innocent, with the divine grace of miracles ; for lights from heaven were seen to descend on the spot to such a degree, that as the rays of light descended, motion was restored to the lame, sight to the blind, speech to the dumb, and all who were oppressed by any disease or infirmity, received the wished-for prize of sound health. Accordingly, there was a great concourse of people from every part of the kingdom flocking to the martyr's tomb, and, among others, his very murderess took a journey thither. And when she had mounted her horse, and began to urge him on with spurs, being one who before used to go faster than the wind and outstrip the air itself, and to carry his mistress impetuously as if nothing could restrain him, the same horse now, by the divine influence, stood immoveable, while the servants on all sides strove to urge him on with whips, and shouts, and spurs : it was all labour lost, and when the horse was changed, the same scene took place. Then iElfdritha, seeing the miracle which was thus wrought by God, repented greatly, to such a degree that she put on sackcloth, at Warewell, to afflict that body which for many years had been nourished in all sorts of delights,' and lay on the ground to sleep, and applied all the tortures that she possibly could to her body. JSlferius, too, he whom we have already mentioned, repenting anxiously of his guilt because he had destroyed the monasteries of the monks, brought the sacred body of the king from the ignoble place in which it lay, and buried it with due honour at Shaftesbury. But even thus he did not escape the vengeance that he had deserved, for, a year afterwards, his whole body is said to have been eaten up by worms. But the glorious martyrdom of the most blessed king shines brightly for ever and ever. Amen. A.D. 979. Ethelred, the brother of the holy Edward, king and martyr, and son of iElfdritha, a most excellent youth, of handsome figure, beautiful countenance andK lofty bodily stature, received the crown of the kingdom at Kingston, from the holy prelates Dunstan, archbishop of Canterbury, and Oswald, archbishop of York, and ten other bishops, on the Lord's day on the twenty-third of April. And at his corona

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