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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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process of time, her harp, which was hung up upon a peg, without any one touching it, played sweetly the melody of the Antiphone, " They rejoice in Heaven." Afterwards, Dunstan himself foreseeing, by the aid of the Spirit of God, all the frauds of the devil, on one occasion took some burning forceps and seized the devil, who came to him in the form of a beautiful woman, and who was seeking to tempt him in the spirit of fornication, by the nose, and held him a long time, all at last, after having; changed himself into many terrible forms, he showed evidently that he was the devil. And at last, when Dunstan released him, he polluted and tainted the whole air, and as he departed he left foul traces of his presence behind among the bystanders. When, therefore, that most blessed father Dunstan was dead, he was succeeded by Ethelgar, who had been previously created abbot of the new monastery at Winchester, by the blessed Ethelwold, and afterwards received the dignity of bishop of Selsey, and he was now succeeded in his bishopric of Selsey by Ordbrith. A.D. 989. Ethelgar, archbishop of Canterbury, died, and was succeeded by iElfric, who had been the first abbot of Abingdon. Of whom some say that he expelled the secular clergy and established monks at Canterbury, but this does not seem probable. For it is quite clear that there were monks in the church of the Holy Saviour there, ever since the time of archbishop Lawrence, who was the first successor of the blessed Augustine. A.D. 990. Mildred, bishop of Lmdisfarne, departed this life, and was succeeded by Aldhun. The same year, iElfric, archbishop of Canterbury, was succeeded by Siricius, who had previously been bishop of Wilton. The same year, there arose a quarrel between Ethelred, king of England, and Richard, duke of Normandy, on this account : king Ethelred had married Emma, the daughter of the said duke, and. she had borne the king two sons, namely, Alfred and Edward : the king was used to behave so insolently to his wife, that he would hardly condescend to admit her to his bed ; but she, who derived her origin from the blood of a very high family, was wroth with her husband, and blackened the character of her husband to her father, in no moderate degree ; on which account, the same duke took prisoners all the men belonging to the kingdom of England, whether clergy or laity, who were travelling through his country, and slew some, and committed


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