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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. 1062. WOLBTAN ELECTED ΡΟΤΓΓΠΤ OP WORCESTER.. 547 obtain his release, sent a messenger, whom he induced by large promises to carry the message, to William, duke of Normandy, telling him that he had been sent to him by king Edward to reveal some important affairs to him. He also added, that he was detained a prisoner by Godwin,1 count of Pontbieu, and so prevented from performing his commission. Then Harold, at the command of William, was released by Godwin, and conducted into Normandy, where duke William received Mm with all honour, and gave him honourable presents of food and clothing. Then Harold, that he might obtain the more favour in the eyes of king William, bound himself by an oath to give up to him the castle of Canterbury, which was under his authority ; and also the kingdom of England, after the death of king Edward. In consequence of which promise, he was honoured by being betrothed to the duke's daughter, who was as yet only a little girl, and enriched by the great extent of her whole inheritance, and became an intimate friend of William. Others relate this matter in a different way, saying that Harold had been sent into Normandy by king Harold on purpose to conduct duke William into England, as king Edward was thinking of making him his heir. A.D. 1060. Nicolas was placed in the Roman chair, which he filled two years and six months. The same year, Kinsey, archbishop of York, paid the debt of nature, and was succeeded by JEldred, bishop of Worcester ; and the diocese of Hereford, which had been entrusted to him on account of his industry, was given to Welter Lotharing, the chaplain of queen Edith. The same year, Duduc, bishop of Wells, died, and was succeeded by Gisa, the king's chaplain. A.D. 1061. iEldred, archbishop of York, went to Rome with count Tosto, and received the pallium from pope Nicolas. And at the same time and place, Gisa, bishop of Wells, and Walter, bishop of Hereford, were consecrated. A. D . 1062. Wolstan, prior of the church of Worcester, a man of exceeding piety, was canonically elected to the presidency of the same church, and was consecrated its pontiff, amid the acclamations of the people. And he was consecrated by JEldred, archbishop of York, because Stigand, archbishop 1 Called Guy by Hume, who represents Harold as having been sent for the purpose of preventing the return of a son and grandson of earl Godwin, who bad been given as hostages to king Edward, and whom he had entrusted to the, custody of the duke of Normandy.


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