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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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246 ROGER ΟΓ WENDOVER. [A.D. 929. and requested peace; and, renouncing idolatry, they made a lasting league with him. King Elhehtan's sister is married to count Hugo. A.D . 927. Hugo, son of count Robert, married the king's sister ; and in the same year died Tilred, bishop of Lindisfarne, and was succeeded by Witred. Friendship between the king and the duke of Normandy. A.D . 928. Leo sat in the Roman chair six months. In the same year died Tunfrid, bishop of Lichfield, and was succeeded by Ella. At the same time there sprang up so close a friendship between king Ethelstan and Robert duke of Normandy, that each did what he would in the dominions of the other, and in war they mutually assisted each other. Miracle of the mead. A.D . 929. King Ethelstan determined to visit the relics of the saints in his kingdom for the sake of devotion, and in the first place he visited the monastery of Glastonbury. Now there was there a noble matron named Elfleda, a niece of the same king, who on her husband's death had resolved to pass her life in widowhood, and had fixed her abode in the western part of that monastery. This religious woman prepared with much care a dinner for the king, whose pious visit she was forewarned of. The attendants who had gone before to provide for the king's entertainment, knowing that he had been pleased to grant to his niece the privilege of receiving him for her guest, came the day before to see if all things necessary had been provided ; when, after a diligent inspection of every thing, they said to her, " There would be abundance of every thing if there were only plenty of mead, which the king loves above all liquors." " The mother of my Lord Jesus Christ forbid," said she, "that there should be any lack of mead at the king's table ;" and so, entering the church of the mother of God, she prostrated herself in prayer to God and his mother. What then ? The king came, accompanied by a large company of soldiers, and after the celebration of mass he was invited in to dinner; but when they began to drink, they greedily drained the vessel to the depth of a hand's breadth at the first onset ; and after


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