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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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the bishops and other ecclesiastics of that country, who for truth's sake gave their testimony to the facts. How William archbishop of York was poisoned and died. A.D. 1154. Pope Anastasius appointed as successor to Henry archbishop of York, who, as we have related, was dead, the same William whom pope Eugenius had formerly degraded. He gave him the pall at Rome and in his presence consecrated Hugh de Pusat,* nephew of king Stephen, as bishop of Durham ; but shortly after, when the same archbishop had returned to his see, and was celebrating the divine mysteries, he died of poison, taken, as it is said, in drinking from the communion-cup, and Roger archdeacon of Canterbury succeeded him. The same year Henry duke of Normandy crossed into Normandy, and by degrees resumed into his own government the domains which his father had given him. From thence he proceeded into Aquitaine, where he repressed with the strong hand a rebellion of some of his barons. The same year died pope Anastasius, and was succeeded by Nicolas f bishop of Albano, who took the name of Adrian : he was a religious man and by nation an Englishman, born on the domains of St. Alban's abbey. About the same time a treaty was made between Louis king of France and Henry duke of Normandy, on these terms: the king restored Verneuil and Neufmarché to the duke, who paid him two thousand marks for the expense of taking, keeping, and fortifying those castles. Of the death of king Stephen, and the coronation of duke Henry. The same year died the brave and pious king Stephen, on the 25th of October ; his body was buried in the monastery of Faversham, which he had himself founded, and where, a short time before, his wife Matilda, and Eustace their son, had been buried. When Henry duke of Normandy heard of Stephen's death, he came to Barbefleuve, where he waited one month for a favourable wind to cross the channel. Meanwhile there was such great tranquillity in England, as rarely happens when its kings die, for the love and fear which the people felt for duke Henry, their future sovereign. On the * Called also Pudsey or Pusar. t His English name was Nicolas Hreakspear.


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