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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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still boast that they possess rings from that same coat of mail, and the reputation of the man of God has soread to all parts of the kingdom. How a man, who had done homage to the devil, was healed by the man of God. In the northern parts of England, there was a miserable man, who, not being able to endure poverty, had yielded himself and done homage to the devil. This miserable wretch, after he had for some time felt the oppression of his new master, perceived his crime and began to repent thereof, looking round for some patron to whom he might commit himself, and be redeemed from spiritual death. At last he determined to pay a visit to St. Wulfric, in whose hand salvation was said to lie ; and when in his anxiety about it he had revealed his intentions to one of his friends, the devil stood by him in his usual and well known shape, and, charging him with breach of faith, threatened to castigate him cruelly, if he ever again thought of such a thing. The man imposed silence upon himself, for he saw plainly that the enemy had not known the secret thoughts of his heart, until he had first developed them by words or signs. He therefore dissembled for some time his intention to repent, and at length set out upon his proposed journey to visit the man of God Wulfric. When he had completed a great part of the way, he arrived at the ford of the river outside the village of Heselberg, for the Lord had prospered his journey. He now entered the ford, and was certain of St. Wulfric's assistance, when the devil appeared, incensed with anger, and laying violent hands upon him, " What didst thou mean to do, traitor ?" said he, "Thou art essaying to break our compact, but in vain ; for thou shalt now suffer for thy treachery ; thou formerly didst renounce the service of God, and art now endeavouring to renounce mine also : thou shalt now be miserably drowned." The devil then seized him, and held him so firmly that he could neither go forwards nor turn himself to either one side or the other. Whilst all this was passing in the river, the man Wulfric was informed of it by God in a vision, and, calling to him his priest named Brithric, said to him, " Go quickly ; take the cross and some holy water, and meet a man who is held prisoner by the devil in


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