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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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D 1077 ROGER OP AVENDO VER. [A--· language, "Schort red, god red, slea ye the bischop;" and they all to a man, hearing these words, flew to their arms, and murdered without mercy the bishop and a hundred men with him, near the river Tyne, where the pleas which caused his death used to be held by the bishop.* In this year two great cycles finished their revolutions. A.D. 1076. Which is the thirteenth year of the first nineteen-year cycle, the great cycle of Dionysius having elapsed, two great cycles have revolved from the passion of our Lord, at which time all things, relating to the course of the sun and the moon, agree with the year of the incarnation of our Lord; whence it is plain that Dionysius did not correctly connect the years of our Lord with his cycle. For because he reckoned his cycle from the five hundred and thirty-second year of our Lord, he doubtlessly meant, that Christ was born in the second year of the first great cycle ; wherefore this year, agreeing with the year of our Lord's passion, ought to have been not the thirteenth but the thirtythird year of the great cycle, because that was the year of the passion of our Lord ; and, consequently, since the courses of the sun and moon agree with the truth of the gospel, Dionysius placed the nativity of Christ twenty-one years later than he ought. Paul is made abbat of the church of St. Alban. A.D. 1077. On the fourth day before the kalends of July, Paul, a monk of Caen, was appointed to rule the church of St Alban, the first of English martyrs, the same Paul, who, by the advice and assistance of Lanfranc archbishop of Canterbury, much enlarged that church in a short space of time; for he, at great cost, built a new church with a cloister and all proper offices, reformed in it the order of monks, at that time almost extinct, and, in honour of the blessed martyr Alban, greatly ornamented the monastery, and furnished it with many holy books. In the same year Herlewin, the first abbat of Bee,- departed this life and restored his blessed spirit to his Creator ; and in this year also, on Palm Sunday, a large star appeared near the sun in a clear sky about the sixth hour. • It appears from all the other authorities, that Walchere was murdered on the I4th of May, 1080.


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