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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


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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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.1
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while he was harboured by Reodwald, king of the East-Angles, he was informed by a friend that Reodwald had been corrupted by the gifts of Ethelfrid, either to put him to death, or to deliver him up to his enemy to be slain. To whom Eadwin made answer, " Whither shall I flee now, who for so many years have roamed through all the territories of Britain, to escape the snares of my enemies ? If I must die, had rather that this man should kill me than any meaner person." The night following, as he lay in bed tortured with mental anguish, he saw a man, quite unknown to him, standing by him, who thus addressed him, " What wouldest thou give the man who should deliver thee out of this distress, and persuade king Reodwald to protect thee ?" On his replying, " Every thing in my power," the other proceeded, " And what, if any one should promise that thou shalt destroy thine enemies, and be a more powerful king than those who have gone before thee?" On Eadwin making the like reply as before, the other went on to say, " And what, if any one should show thee a better way of life than was known to any of thy ancestors, wouldest thou act accordingly?" On his promising this most firmly, the other added, laying his hands on his head, " When, therefore, this sign shall be given thee, remember this time and this discourse ;" after saying which, he suddenly disappeared, that the other might understand that it was not a man, but a spirit. In the morning, while the royal youth was sitting alone, his friend before-mentioned came to him, and said, " Rise and be of good cheer ; the king's heart is changed ; for, by the queen's advice, he has determined to keep faith with thee." In short, as has been said before, Reodwald made war with king Ethelfrid, and restored Eadwin to his kingdom. And when Paulinus, being admonished by the Holy Ghost, recalled to the king's mind this prediction, and laid his hands upon his head, the king would have cast himself at his feet ; but Paulinus raised him up, and exhorted him to believe. Accordingly, on the holy day of Easter, the king, with many others, was baptized by Paulinus in the church of St. Peter, which he had himself constructed of wood, and the idols and their altars he utterly destroyed. After which, he established an episcopal see for Paulinus in the city of York, where he built a church of stone, in which were baptized his children

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