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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 540



A.D. 1041. GOTTXDA ACCUSED ΟΓ ADTJLTEBY. vince of Worcester uniting with the citizens of that city, slew two of those servants, by name Feeder and Turstin, because they had behaved towards them with too great severity, catching them in the upper room of a monastery to which they had fled for refuge. At which, the king was moved to exceeding anger, and in revenge for this crime he sent some counts and armed soldiers into the district, ordering them to slay the men, to plunder and burn the city, and to lay waste the whole province. And when this had been done according as it had been commanded, they returned to the king with great booty, and so his wrath was appeased. The same year, Edward, son of king Ethelred, came from Normandy into England, and was joyfully received by the king, his brother, and remained at his court, being held in great respect and consideration. The same year, Hardicanute, king of England, sent Gunilda, his sister, the daughter of king Canute and queen Emma, a maiden of infinite beauty, to be married to Henry, emperor of the Romans. And in the time of king Canute, this maiden, by reason of her incomparable beauty, had been sought in marriage by many men of noble birth, but they bad not obtained her. And so now the ceremony of her nuptials was solemnized with extraordinary pomp, ano: the king her brother, and nearly all the inhabitants of the kingdom, poured forth their treasures of gold and silver, and went to such expense in robes, and jewels, and valuable horses, that to this very day actors and minstrels, at banquets and in taverns, are scarcely able to celebrate this nuptial ceremony, with all their instruments and songs, in a sufficiently worthy manner. And the treaty of conjugal love lasted between them a long time ; but at last, owing to some sowers of discord, Gunilda was accused before the emperor of the crime of adultery. Accordingly, in compliance with the custom of the kingdom, Gunilda was bound to redeem the fame of her purity by doing battle against her accuser, a man of gigantic size. But of all the soldiers and servants who had come with her out of England, there was not one found who dared to fight with the accuser, on account o f the terrible prodigiousness of his personal strength. So when Gunilda was in a great strait on all sides, a certain boy, whom she had brought with her from England, and who had been bred up in her chamber, who was very little, and who, on account of the smallness of his size, was called Mimecan, undertook to do battle for his mistress, whom he knew to be un


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