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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 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 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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to their human form, ani testified that they had again recovered their rational minds. It is also found recorded by the hermit Macarius, that a certain damsel was changed by witches into a mare ; and when she was presented by her friends to Macarius, she did not appear to Macaria» to be a mare, but a damsel, but to all her own friends she appeared to be a beast. When the man of God, having addressed his prayers to the Lord, caused the damsel to appear to them all to be really a woman : from which it is plain that the devils cannot change human forms into beasts, but that they can deceive the eyes of men with their machinations, so that a body may be one thing, and seem another. A.D. 1050. The following bishops died :—Eadnoth, bishop of Dorchester ; Siward, the deputy of Eadsy, archbishop of Canterbury ; and, after Siward's death, Eadsy himself died also. Eadsy was succeeded by Robert, bishop of London, and William succeeded Robert in the government of the church of London ; while Ulfo, the king's chaplain, became bishop of Dorchester. A.D. 1051. King Edward released the English from a very heavy tribute which had been accustomed, during the life-time of his father, to be paid to the Danish mercenaries, to the amount of thirty-eight thousand pounds. The same year, ffl« fric, archbishop of York, died, and was succeeded by Kinsey, the king's chaplain. The same year, William, duke of Normandy, came into England, and was honourably received by king Edward, who presented him with many gifts, and sent him back with honour to his own country. This year also, many nobles of the Northumbrian nation met at Lindisfarne, at a certain church, where they were going to pass decrees, and they requested the priest to be charitable enough to celebrate mass for them. But the priest, who that night had been sleeping with a concubine, was afraid to approach the sacred onice. But, as they earnestly entreated the priest to chaunt the mass, at last, overcome by their entreaties, he in great alarm began to celebrate the divine mysteries for them at their request. But when he ought to have* taken the holy mystery, he carefully looked into the cup, and lo ! he saw the portion which, according to custom, had been put into the cup so completely changed into an object of exceeding blackness, that what he saw in the cup was rather of the colour

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