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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.D. 1055. ALGAB AITO ΟΒΧΠΓΠΓ EOTEB HIBBTOBD. 541 to assist me, if it had not been for the treachery of Godwin." And he, being indignant at this expression of the king, answered, " I know, Ο king, I know well, that you look upon me with suspicion, because of the death of your brother Alfred. But may God, who is true and just, not permit this morsel of bread which I have in my hand to go down my throat without choking me, if ever your brother was nearer death, or farther from life, owing to me or to my counsel." And when he had said this, the king blessed the mouthful which Godwin put in his mouth, and he having an evil conscience, was choked by it. And when the king saw him lifeless and pale, " Drag this dog out," said he, " this traitor, and bury him in the cross roads ; for he does not deserve to receive Christian burial." But when his sons who were present saw this, they drew their father away from the table, without the king being aware of it, and buried him in the old monastery of that city. Then king Edward gave his dukedom to his son Harold. The same year, by command of king Edward, Siward, the gallant duke of Northumberland, led a large army into Scotland, and drove the king, Macbeth, from his kingdom, many thousands o£ Scots being slain, and all the Normans, of whom we have made mention above. And then king Edward gave the kingdom of Scotland to Malcolm, son of the king of Cumberland, to be held of him. A.D. 1055. Victor became pope of Rome, and filled the Roman chair two years, three months, and thirteen days. The same year, Siward, the noble duke of Northumberland, died, and Edward granted his dukedom to Tosti, the brother of duke Harold. And not long afterwards, in a council held at London, king Edward banished count Algar from England, who soon after went to Ireland, and having procured eighteen piratical vessels, he united himself to Griffin, king of Wales, and then entered the kingdom of England, with the intent to lay it waste. At length, when Algar and Griffin had entered the province of Hereford in a hostile manner, they were en countered by duke Ranulph, king Edward's sister's son, with a numerous army. But at the very first onset, Count Ranulph and his men took to flight. And when Algar and Griffin saw this, they pursued the flying enemy, and slew five hundred of them, and having gained the victory, entered the city of Hereford, where, having put to death seven canons


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