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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.
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—A singularpiece of sorcery is detected at Rome—An agreement is made between Harold and William of Normandy— Harold ravages Wales—Saint Oswin—Quarrel between Tosti and Harold—Death of Edward—Harold is crowned king of England—William of Normandy invades England —The battle of Hastings. A.D. 1043. Eadey, archbishop of Canterbury, being oppressed with grave infirmities, abdicated his bishopric, and Siward was consecrated archbishop in his stead. The same year, Helstan, abbot of Ramsey, on the vigil of Saint Michael, was stabbed with a knife by a stranger, at the hour of vespers, within the church, and died, and was succeeded as abbot by -©twin. A.D. 1044. King Edward, by way of securing protection for his kingly power, married the daughter of that most powerful noble, earl Godwin, whose name was Edith. The same year, iElfric, bishop of Helmham, died, and was succeeded by Stigand, the king's chaplain. A.D. 1045. Brithwold, bishop of Ramsbury, died, and was succeeded by Herman, the king's chaplain. The same year, king Edward collected a numerous fleet at the port of Sandwich, to act against the king of the Noricans, who was planning an expedition against England. But a war which was declared against him by Sweyne, king of Denmark, prevented him from carrying out his intention. A.D. 1046. Silvester became pope, and occupied the Roman chair fifty-six days, and was succeeded the same year by Gregory, who ruled the see for two years. The same year, Living, who had held the bishoprics of Worcester, Crediton, and Cornwall, died; and, after his decease, Leofric, the king's chancellor, obtained the bishopric of Crediton and Cornwall, and JSldred succeeded to the see of Worcester. A.D. 1047. Grunketelle, the bishop of Selsey, died, and was succeeded by Hecca, the king's chaplain ; and the same year, Ealfwin, bishop of Winchester, died, and Stigand, bishop of Helmham, was promoted in his stead. A.D. 1048. Clement was elected to the Roman chair, which he occupied nine months and six days. The same year, Edmund, bishop of Durham, died, and was succeeded by Eadred. A.D. 1049. Damasus was made pope. He filled the Roman chair twenty-six days, and was the same year succeeded by


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