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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 532



Α. υ. 1030. HACO DIE8 AT 8XA. 523 banishment, under pretence of sending him on an embassy. For he had married Gunilda, a noble matron, the daughter of his sister and of Victigern, king of the Wendi ; on which account, he was afraid that he might be either deprived of his life or expelled his kingdom by him. Ethelred had for his wife the daughter of Richard the First, duke of Normandy, and she, that is, Emma, was the daughter of Richard the First, duke of Normandy, and Robert, the father of William, was the son of Richard the Second, duke of Normandy. Ethelred had by his wife Emma two sons, Alfred and Edward the Third. A.D. 1030. Robert the Second, son of Richard the Second, duke of Normandy, and brother of Richard the Third, after he had for seven years governed the duchy of Normandy with great power, went like a devout man to Jerusalem, for the sake of pilgrimage. But he left behind him a son of seven years of age, whom he had by a concubine named Harlotta, whose beauty he had beheld by chance as she was dancing in a company, and so he became carnally acquainted with her the same night. And as he afterwards loved her to a singular degree, he for a considerable time retained her as his wife; and the child who was born of her was called William. And his future greatness was presaged by a dream of his mother, who saw her entrails dilate and extend over all Normandy and England. And at the very moment when she was delivered, and the boy was brought to light, he fell to the ground, and filled both his hands with the rushes with which the floor was strewed. When, therefore, this dream was related to the midwives, they all with joyful applause cried out, that the boy would be a king. Therefore, duke Robert, when about to depart for Jerusalem, summoned his nobles to a conference at Feschamp, and there appointed his son William his heir, and caused them all to swear fealty to him. Count Gilbert was appointed guardian of the boy, and the superiority over him was consigned to Henry, king of France, on condition, that if within a term appointed before-hand, his father did not return, the dukedom of Normandy was to belong to William in absolute power. The same year, Haco, the count, who has been already mentioned, died at sea, or, as some say, was slain in the Orkney Islands.


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