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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 

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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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A.D. 1040. HABDICAKUTE COKES TO ENGLAND. 529 mathematical skill, so that no violence of wind, and no liquid poured upon it, was able to extinguish it. And as many marvelled thereat, some one, who had a more subtle genius, made a hole with a pen beneath the flame, and then, when air had been introduced, the fire ceased to burn. The body, when placed against the wall, was found to be taller than the wall was high. But in process of time, as the dripping of rain and dew fell upon the body and moistened it, it then experienced the corruption of all mortals, its sinews and its skin dissolving and decaying. A.D. 1038. Agelnoth, archbishop of Canterbury, died on the twenty-eighth of October, and was succeeded by Eadsy. This year there also died Bthelric, bishop of Selsey, jElfric, bishop of Helmham, and Britheg, bishop of Worcester. And they had the following successors respectively : GrinketeUo in the church of Selsey, Stigand in the church of Helmham, and Living, bishop of Cre&ton, in the church of Worcester. But Stigand was afterwards ejected, and GrinketeUo, bishop of Selsey, (having paid no small sum of money for his promotion) obtained the two bishoprics, Selsey and Helmham. Afterwards, however, GrinketeUo was ejected, and Stigand restored. And then Stigand, by a payment of money, procured the bishopric of Helmham for his brother JEgelmar ; and the same Stigand, to gratify his avarice, paid sums of money, and procured for himself the thrones of Canterbury and Winchester, and would scarcely allow a bishop to be appointed to the see of Selsey. A.D. 1039. Brithmar, bishop of Lichfield, died, and was succeeded by Wolf. And the same year, Hardicanute, king of Denmark, went over to Flanders to his mother, queen Emma, and stayed with her some time at Bruges. A.D. 1040. Henry succeeded to the empire of the Romans, and reigned with great splendour for sixteen years. The same year, Harold, king of England, after he had reigned four years, died at Oxford, and was buried at Westminster. Then the nobles, both of the English and of the Danes, agreeing in one vote, sent ambassadors to Bruges in Flanders to Hardicanute, king of Denmark, who was staying at Bruges with his mother, entreating him to come and assume the crown of England. And he immediately adopting the advice of the nobles, came at Midsummer into England, and was received joyfully by every one, and was consecrated king by Eadsy, archbishop of Can* VOL. I. MM

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