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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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part of the house, a carbuncle stone dissipated the darkness of night. In the opposite corner, stood a boy holding a bow with the string tightly drawn, and the arrow aimed at some object, so that amid all the different tempting things presented to our couple, there was nothing which could be touched with impunity, though they were at liberty to gaze upon it. For the moment that any one put forth his hand to touch anything, all those images seemed to spring forward, and to threaten the audacious toucher with an attack. So Gerebert, under the influence of this fear, abstained from these objects of his desire. But the chamberlain seized a knife wrought with exquisite skill, which he saw placed upon the table, thinking that amid such an abundance of treasures, a petty theft might escape notice. But, immediately, all the images arose with a shout, and the boy shot his arrow at the carbuncle, and brought on darkness, and if he had not, at the command of his master, speedily dropped the knife, they would both have suffered severe punishment. And so, they returned back in confusion, the lantern guiding their steps, without having been able to satisfy the covetousness of Gerebert. A.D. 999. The wicked army of the pagans laid waste almost the whole western district of Kent. After which they proceeded to the city of Rochester, and besieged and blockaded it. But the people of Canterbury marched against them, and fought a severe battle with them. But though many were slain on both sides, nevertheless the Danes at last got the victory. And then king Ethelred sent an army against them, but effected little or nothing. A.D. 1000. The before-mentioned fleet of the Danes proceeded in a hostile manner to Normandy. And when he heard that, Ethelred, king of England, during their absence reduced the Isle of Man by force. A.D. 1001. The before-mentioned army of the pagans returning from Normandy, besieged the city of Exeter ; but, as the citizens made a manly resistance, they retreated. And the men of Devonshire, Somersetshire, and Dorsetshire assembled against them, and fought a battle against them in the place which is called $tnf)o, where the Danes got the victory, and made a great slaughter of the English. From thence the pagans directed their course to the Isle of Wight, and plundered it of everything, as they did all the neighbouring provinces, no one making any resistance to them. The same

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