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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. II. A.D. 1066 to A.D. I307.
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there might be performed by the monks who were established in it, with the offering of salutary victims ; and he endowed and enriched the church with estates and privileges, and committed it to the patronage and protection of the kings who should reign in England after him. William's duchess is consecrated queen. A.D. 1068. Matilda, the wife of king William, was consecrated queen on the day of Pentecost, by Glared, archbishop of York, on the twenty-second of March.1 This year also, William had a son born in England, who was called Henry. For his first-born, William Rufus, and also Robert, were born in Normandy, before their father had conquered England. Two sons of Sweyn came into England to subdue it. A.D. 1069. Between the time of the two festivals of the blessed Virgin Mary, in the autumn, the two sons of Sweyn came with three hundred ships from Denmark into England, in order to subdue it in a hostile manner, and to take king William prisoner, or else expel him from England. But when their arrival was noised abroad, the counts, and barons, and nobles of the land went forth to meet them, being oppressed by the intolerable arrogance of the Normans ; and they made a treaty with them, and so joined the army of the Danes, in order to overthrow king William. But William, that most prudent king, when he saw the danger that threatened him, humbled himself to them, and checked the insolence of the Normans ; and having in this way recalled many of the English nobles to their allegiance, and having sagaciously made a treaty with them all, he took the city of York by storm, which was a great rendezvous of the Danes, and made himself master of every thing in it, and slew many thousand men there. How king William, feeling secure, at length becomes a tyrant instead of a king. A.D . 1070. On the fourth day of April, king William, being now become more secure on his throne, violated his promises in many respects ; and he caused the monasteries to be searched throughout the whole of England, and commanded the money found in them, and the charters, in the privileges granted by which the nobles of England placed their trust, and which the There must, of course, be some mistake here. In all probability, he either means Easter, not Pentecost ; or May, not March.


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