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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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of Canterbury, was at that time interdicted from performing the duties of the episcopal office ; because, during the lifetime of Robert, the archbishop of that church, he had presumed to occupy that archbishopric. The same year, a prodigy was born on the borders of Brittany and Normandy, in which in one, or I should rather say, in two women, there were two heads and four arms, and everything else double down to the navel. But below the navel there were only two legs, two feet, and everything else single. One of the heads laughed, ate, and talked, the other wept, was hungry, and Was silent. The prodigy ate with both its mouths, but what was eaten passed through only one passage. At length one died, and the other survived, and then the living body bore the dead corpse united to it for nearly three years, till at last she also died, worn out by the weight of her burden, and the offensive smell of the corpse. A.D. 1063. Harold, duke of the West Saxons, advanced into Wales, in a hostile manner, by command of king Edward, to attack king Griffin ; but Griffin having heard beforehand of his menaced invasion, went on board ship, and, fleeing in this manner, escaped with some difficulty. But Harold, when he ascertained that he had fled, withdrew from Wales, and assembled a larger army. And when his brother Tosti had come to meet him, by command of the king, they united their forces, and began to lay waste the whole of that country, both by sea and land. On which account, the Welch, under the pressure of necessity, gave Harold hostages, and promised from that time forth to pay tribute to king Edward, and expelled their king Griffin, and drove him into banishment. A.D. 1064. The Welch nation murdered their king Griffin on the fifth of August, and sent his head to duke Harold ; and Harold immediately transmitted it to king Edward, and placed another king in the Welch throne, who took the oath of fealty and allegiance to king Edward, and promised faithfully to pay him all the tribute which had been accustomed to be paid to the kings of England. A.D. 1065. The most sacred bones of the holy Oswin, king and martyr, were discovered in the following manner : After the passion of the most illustrious king Oswin, as has been clearly related, in the mention of his sufferings which I made in the early part of this history, his body was carried to the monastery of the blessed Mary, the mother of God, which is


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