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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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A.D. 1089. LAOTBANC, ABGHBI8HOF OE CANTBEBTJBT, DIES. 17 bishop of Bayeaux, the justiciary of all England, and Remigius, bishop of Lincoln, which bishopric, by the management of Remigius, was transferred, as far as its site is concerned, to the place where the seat of the diocese now is. For as that bishopric was one of exceedingly large extent, reaching from the Thames to the Humber, he thought it not fitting that the cathedral city should be in a small town at one end of the diocese, when Lincoln was much superior, both in situation and in its buildings. Accordingly, having bought some lands, he caused a church to be built in the highest part of the city, near the castle, and canons to be ordained to the territory. But now, returning from our digressions from the main subject, let us resume that main subject. The evil which had affected the English, now in some degree returned to the English. For aU the nobles of the kingdom whom William the Great had promoted became proud, being indignant at a younger son reigning over them, Robert, the first-born, a noble and magnanimous prince, being set aside ; and so they made war upon William, not without laying themselves open to the imputation of perjury, were all put down, and thei r estates distributed among more faithful people. Lanfranc, the noble Prelate of the Church of Canterbury, died. A.D . 1089. Lanfranc, archbishop of Canterbury, died on the twenty-fourth of March, who had restored the large church in Canterbury, and all its offices. He procured many additional dignities for that church ; he restored its manors, he established two receiving houses for strangers, by condemning heresies he confirmed the faith, he established in an admirable manner the monastic order there, by the assistance of Paul* his nephew, who was a monk, and whom he brought with him out of Normandy, and appointed to be abbot of Saint Alban'β ; he restored the church at Rochester ; he diligently corrected, by a comparison with the ancient copies, the books which the rude simplicity of the English had corrupted ; in the confirmation of which the church delights to feel itself strengthened. This year, king William began to wage war against bis brother Robert, duke of Normandy. The same year, an earthquake took place, and the monks of Bermondsey came into England, at the invitation of Lanfranc. That Remigius was a monk of Feschamp, who also founded a new convent of monks at Saint Mary de Stoke, and a second at Harden.


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