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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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and leaves. At the sight of which miracle the infidels were alarmed, and, vying with one another in kissing the sacred corpse, permitted it to be carried to London, where it was consigned to honourable burial. Subsequently, after a lapse of ten years, the body was again taken up and found to be free from all taint of corruption, and was transported to Canterbury to be buried more becomingly, and there the blood remains fresh to the present day, and the body continues perfect and free from corruption. After these events, as the general fury of persecution grew fiercer throughout all England, the treacherous duke Eadric, and all the nobles of every order and rank, assembled in the city of London before the solemn festival of Paster, and remained there with the king till they had paid the Danes a tribute of forty-eight thousand pounds, on condition that all the Danes who were in the kingdom should Uve peaceably everywhere with the English, and that both nations should have as it were one heart and one soul. And when this convention had been confirmed by hostages and oaths given and taken on both sides, Sweyn, king of the Danes, returned to his own country, and so the rage of persecution ceased for a while in England. A.D. 1012. When, in a certain town of Saxony, the name of which is Colewiz, in which there is a church of the blessed Magnus the martyr, all the parish had assembled in the vigil of the Nativity of the Lord, to be present at the divine offices ; a priest of the name of Robert solemnly began the first mass in the usual manner. And lo ! twelve men and three women dancing in the cemetery and shouting out secular songs, hindered the priest to such a degree, that the tumult of die singers sounded loudly above the holy solemnities of the mass. This was their song,— u A man rode through a leafy wood, Leaving Meswiade fair and good ; Why do we here any longer stay ? Hence my brethren, haste away." At last, when they were ordered by Robert the priest to be silent ; as they disdained to hold their peace, the priest cursed them in his wrath, and said, "May it please God and the holy Magnus that you may remain singing thus to the end of the year." What happened ? The words of the priest had such weight, that Azo, his son, seizing his sister (whose name was

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