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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.
page 530



A.D. 1024. WOLSTON, AECHBISHOP OF YORK, DISS. 521 king Edward the First. On which account, the same laws, by command of king Canute, were translated from the Latin language into English, and were ordered by the king to be observed both in Denmark and in England, on account of their equity. In this year, Richard, duke of Normandy, who was called the Second, died ; and was succeeded by his son Richard, who was called Richard the Third, who reigned one year. A.D. 1023. John became pope, and occupied the Roman chair nine years and as many months. The same year, Canute, king of England and Denmark, with his own hands, took up from the tomb the body of the blessed iElpheg, archbishop of Canterbury, which was buried in the church of St. Paul, and caused it to be removed to the church of Canterbury, and to be buried there with all due veneration. And he took so much pains to make amends for all the errors that he himself or his predecessors had committed, that he endeavoured to efface the blot of the previous injustice both before God and before man. And endeavouring, by the advice of Emma his queen, to reconcile all the English to himself, he gave them many gifts, and, moreover, promised them all good and welcome laws. The same year, Robert succeeded to the dukedom of Normandy. A.D. 1024. The fortunate king, Canute, led an army of English and Danes against the Sueni, and, in the first battle, lost many of his men. But on the next day, when the enemy were meditating a second attack upon him, Godwin, a count of the English, and the commander of the English contingents, without the knowledge of the king, boldly made a night attack on the enemy, who were not expecting it, with no forces but the English battalions, and surprised them and put them to flight ; and having slain a countless number of them, compelled Ulf and Eiglaf, the kings of that nation, to come to terms of surrender and of peace. But at break of day, as the king thought that the English had either fled, or else had perfidiously deserted to the enemy, when he was preparing to lead the Danish troops in battle array against the enemy, found nothing in their camp but blood and corpses of the slain. On which account, he ever after held the English in the highest honour, and rejoicing in his victory, sailed back to England. The same year, Wolston, archbishop of York, died, and was succeeded by jElfric.


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