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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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were unwilling to fight against him. On which account, five wise men of each party zealously treated about the renewal of peace between the king and duke Godwin. But when it was morning, the king having taken counsel with his chief men, restored their former honours to Godwin, and all his sons except Sweyn : for he, having been influenced by penitence because he had slain Beorn, a cousin of the king, had proceeded bare-foot from Flanders to Jerusalem, and on his return, died on the road, of a disease contracted from the excessive cold. The king also received back, in a worthy manner, Edith, his queen, the daughter of duke Godwin, and restored her to her former dignity. And, concord having been thus produced, and peace being thus established, the king promised all the people upright laws and true justice, and sent back the Normans, who had given him wicked counsel against the English, to their native country ; among whom, Robert, archbishop of Canterbury, and William, bishop of London, and Ulfo, bishop of Dorchester, and their Normans, escaped with difficulty, and crossed the sea. ' But not long afterwards, William was recalled on account of his goodness, and restored to his bishopric. Stigand, who formerly, when he was dismissed from the bishopric of Helmham, aiming at a higher rank, had invaded the bishopric of Winchester, now, circumventing the simplicity of king Edward, obtained the dignity of archbishop of Canterbury, though Robert was still alive. But Osbern and Hugo, being both Normans by birth, left their castles, and sought refuge with the king of Scotland, and were received by him. A.D. 1053. The brother of Griffin, king of Wales, whose name was Rhesus, was slain in the place which is called Builingdon, and his head was carried to Gloucester, and pre* sented to king Edward on the vigil of the Epiphany. A.D. 1054. Edward, king of England, celebrated the solemn festival of Easter at Winchester. And the king, during this solemn festival, was sitting at table, when his cup-bearer, bringing the king's cup full of wine to the table, caught one of bis feet in the floor of the room, but recovering himself with the other foot, he avoided any accident. And when earl Godwin, the father-in-law of the king, who, according to custom, was sitting next to the king at dinner, saw this, he said, " Here, one brother has brought assistance to another." And the king, speaking ironically, answered this jest of his, saying; " My brother might lately have been able


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