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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.


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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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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quarrel with his brother Harold, departed from the king's court in a rage, and went to the city of Hereford, where his brother Harold had prepared a great banquet for the king, and slew all his servants, and put an arm or a leg, or some fragment or limb of their mutilated bodies, in every vessel of wine, or mead, or beer, or other drink, sending a message to the king, that when he came to his supper he would find plenty of pickled meat, and that he might procure dainties for himself. And the king, when he heard of this insolent jest, cursing him because of this detestable wickedness, banished him from the kingdom. The same year, the men of Northumberland met together on the tenth of October, and coming to York, drove away Tosti, their count, and slew the whole of his household, both English and Danes, and plundered and carried off his treasures, and his arms, and every thing which belonged to him. And when they had expelled him, they appointed Morchar, the son of the noble Algar, count of that province, sending a message to the king to beg him to confirm him in the earldom. And when king Edward had given his consent, Tosti presently with his wife went into Flanders to count Baldwin, and spent the winter at Saint Omers. A.D. 1066. Edward, king of England, on the day of the nativity of our Lord, held his court at Westminster, and caused the church which he had built from its foundations outside the city of London, to be dedicated with great pomp on the day of the Holy Innocents, in honour of Saint Peter, the chief of the Apostles. But amid the usual solemn festivities attending on a dedication of this kind, the king was seized, as he had been before, by a severe sickness. And as his illness increased, he took to his bed ; and when he had lain there speechless, and as it were lifeless, for two days, on the third day he arose again, as it were from the dead, and sighing heavily and deeply, he took up his parable in this manner, and said, " Almighty God, if it be not a fanciful illusion, but a real vision which I have seen, grant me the power of relating it to the bystanders ; but if, on the contrary, it be a deceitful illusion, then I beg of you to deny me the power of relating it." But as soon as he had finished this prayer, he spoke with sufficient readiness, distinctness, and plainness, and said, " I just now saw two monks standing by my side, whom formerly, when a young man in Normandy, I had seen

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