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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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512 M ATTHEW OF WESTÌÌIHSTEB. A.D. 1016. reached Northumberland in his couree of ravage. And when count Uthred, who was with Edmund, heard this, he returned to Northumberland, and gave Canute hostages to preserve the blessings of peace. But not long afterwards, the same Uthred and TurketU, both counts of Northumberland, at the command of Canute, were put to death by Turebrand, a Dane. And then Canute appointed Egric count instead of Uthred. And when Edmund, the king's son, heard this, he came to London to his father ; and Canute, rapidly moving towards the south, returned to his ships before the festival of Easter, and carried with him much booty and plunder. About the same time, Ethelred, king of England, died, after great labours and much tribulation in this life, on the twentyeecond of April, and was buried at London, in the church of Saint Paul. And after his death, the greater portion of the kingdom, both clergy and laity, assembled together, and unanimously elected Canute king, and coming to him at Southampton, made peace with him, and swore fealty to him. The citizens of London alone, and a few of the nobles who were in that city at the time, agreed in proclaiming Edmund Ironside, the son of the late king, king. And he, as soon as he was raised to the royal dignity, fearlessly marched into Wessex, and having been joyfully received by the whole people, he reduced that province under his dominion. And when this became known, a great portion of the people of the whole kingdom voluntarily submitted to his authority. In the meantime, Canute, with his whole fleet, came to London, about Rogation Sunday, and dug a deep trench on the southern side of the river Thames, and drew his ships into deep water, on the western side of London Bridge. Then, he surrounded the whole city with a wide and deep fosse, and prepared to blockade it ; cutting off the inhabitants from all ingress or egress, and making continual attacks on it, he endeavoured to Btorm it. But, being repulsed by the citizens, who defended their walls gallantly, he raised the siege in some disorder ; and departing thence, he led his army into Dorsetshire, and occupied himself in endeavouring to subdue that province. But Edmund advanced to meet Canute, with all the forces whom he could assemble, and encountered him in the place which is called Pennurn, near Gillingham, on the ninth of June, and put him and his whole army to flight. After this victory, which was gained at Midsummer, Ed

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