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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1
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He came from Italy to Tours, and wrote the acts of the blessed Martin in heroic verse in four books : from thence he was removed and ordained bishop of Poictiers. In the year of grace 564, on the death of Clothaire, king of the Franks, his four sons divided his kingdom among them selves : Chilperic the eldest, reigned twenty-three years. Justin emperor. In the year of grace 565, the younger Justin succeeded to the Roman empire, and reigned twelve years. In this year there were many signs both of the sun and moon. John pope. In the year of grace 566, John sat in the Roman chair twelve years, eleven months, and twenty-seven days ; after which the see remained void for ten months and three days. In this year, St. Columbanus came from Scotland [Ireland] into Britain, and was greatly renowned. The same year, Ethelbert, son of Ermeric, succeeded to the kingdom of Kent, which he governed with great glory for fifty-six years. He was the most powerful of the kings of England, and extended his kingdom as far as the confines of the Humber, which is the boundary between the northern and southern nations, exercising a vigorous sway over the people of all those provinces. Glappa king. In the year of grace 567, on the death of Adda king of the Bernicii, Glappa succeeded him, and reigned five years. The same year were seen in the air fiery spears, portending the irruption of the Lombards into Italy. A battle. In the year of grace 568, Ceaulin, king of the West-Saxons, and his brother Cutha, fought a battle with Ethelbert king of Kent,* in which the latter was put to flight, and two of his nobles slain. In the year of grace 569, on the death of Glappa king of the Bernicii, Theodwald succeeded him, and reigned one year. In the year of grace 570, Frethwulf reigned in Bernicia seven years. In this year the people of Armenia embraced the faith of Christ, and the abbat Wandregisil was born. * Ethelbert is said by the Saxon Chronicle and Henry of Huntingdon to have fought this battle at Wifanduna, now Wimbledon.


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