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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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538 MATTHEW OP WE8TMIK8TEB. A.D. 1051. of a neh than of bread and wine, Immediately, the priest perceived his guilt, and, trembling greatly, he doubted what he ought to do with what he saw in the cup. For fearing to taste it, as he would have feared death, he would have liked to spill it on the ground ; but he was afraid to do that, because it had been consecrated. Being afraid, therefore, that whatever he did he should not be able to escape the judgment of Almighty God, he, with great fear, took it. But it was so bitter, that he seemed never to have tasted anything more bitter. And the mass was hardly finished, before he hastened to go to the bishop, and lay before him the whole matter just as it had occurred. And the bishop ordered him a penance, and enjoined him from that day forth to endeavour to lead a pure and chaste life before God, which he promised faithfully,-and, as long as he lived, he kept his promise. About the same time, Eustace, count of Boulogne, who had married Goda, the sister of king Edward, landed at Dover with his followers. And as his soldiers, in seeking for lodgings, behaved with exceeding folly and arrogance, they slew one of the men of the borough ; and one of the citizens seeing this, slew the soldier who had done the deed. On which account the count and his soldiers were turned to anger, and slew many men and women, and crushed two children under their own feet and those of their horses. But, when the citizens assembled together to resist, the enemy betook themselves to a shameful flight, and eighteen of them were slain while flying ; but the rest fled to king Edward, who was at that time at Gloucester. Then earl Godwin, being exceedingly enraged at some of his followers of the borough of Dover having been slain, collected an army of all the principal men of his earldom, that is to say, of Kent, Sussex, and Wessex ; and his eldest son, Sweyne, did the same with respect to the provinces under him, that is to say, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somereetehire, and Berkshire ; and his son Harold collected troops from his provinces, that is, from Essex, East-Anglia, Cambridgeshire, and Huntingdonshire ; so that they collected a vast force. And when king Edward heard of this, he also collected a numerous army, being prepared to fight with the enemy, if it proved necessary. In the meantime, Godwin, coming with his army into the province of Gloucestershire, sent ambassadors to the king, and desired Eustace and his companions to be given up to him, under a threat of war if they were not. But,


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