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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.2

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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.2
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lienry, having now secured the fortresses throughout all his dominions, from the Pyrenees to the British ocean, and settling everything to his wish, on the 13th of June visited the tomb of St. Thomas the martyr, and shortly after, on the Fit li of August, at Woodstock, made his sou Geoffrey a belted knight. Of Oie revelation u.ade to a certain man conrerniny St. Amphihalus. The same year there was a certain man who lived at his native town, St. Alban's, and enjoyed a character free from reproach among his countrymen. From his youth up to the present time, he lived honestly, as far as the mediocrity of his fortune allowed, and was a devout attendant at the church. Whilst this man lay in bed one night, about the time of cock-crowing, a man of tall and majestic mien entered his apartment, clad in white, and holding in his hand a beautiful wand. The whole house shone at his entrance, and the chamber was as light as at noon-day. Approaching the bed, he asked in a gentle voice. '"Robert, are you asleep !'" Robert, trembling with fear and wonder, replied, ••Who art thou, lord ?" " 1 am," said he, '· the martyr St. Alba/i, and am come to tell you the Lord's will concerning my master, the clerk, who taught me the faith of Christ, for, though his fame is so great among mankind, the place of his sepulture is still unknown, though it is the belief of the faithful that it will be revealed to future ages. Rise therefore, with speed, put on your clothes and follow me, and 1 will show you the spot where his precious remains are buried." Robert, therefore, rising from his bed, as it seemed, followed him, and they went together through the public streets towards the north, until they came to a plain which had lain for ages uncultivated near the high road.* • Matthew Taris adds the following " On their way they conversed with one another, as is the custom amongst friends travelling together, at one time of the walls of the ruined city, at another of the decrease of the river, of the common street adjoining the city : then the discourse turned to the arrival in the city of the blessed Amphihalus, their ir.as.tcr; his departure to he lamented by them, and of the passion of both. And whatever questions Robert wished to ask, the martyr readily answered them. It happened that as they were conversili; they were met by some traders of Dunstable, who were hastening lo be in the niaikel at the town of St. Alban's on the morrow, to transact some hu-ireo there ; anil ihe martyr having foretold their approach, said, " Let us turn aside for a l.tt'e.


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