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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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38 ROGER OF WENDOVKR. [A.D . 1178. Its surface was level, furnishing an agreeable pasturage for cattle, and resting place for weary travellers, at a village called Redburn, about three miles from St. Alban's. In this plain were two eminences, called the " Hills of the banners," because there used to be assemblies of the faithful people held round them, when, according to an ancient custom, they yearly made a solemn procession to the church of St. Alban, and offered prayers. 11ère St. Alban turned a little out of the way, and seizing the man's hand, led him to one of the mounds, which contained the sepulchre of the blessed martyr. " Here," said he, turning to his follower, "lie the remains of my master;" and then, opening the ground a little, in the shape of a cross with the man's thumb, and turning up a portion of the turf, he opened a small chest, from which a brilliant light came forth, and filled first the whole of the west, and then the whole world with its rays, after which the chest again closed, and the plain was restored to its former appearance. The man was a-stonished, and asked the saint what he should do. " Notice the spot carefully," said the saint, " and remember what I have shown you. The time shall soon come when the information which I have privately given to you shall turn out to the benefit of many. Rise now," continued he, " let us be going, and return to the place whence we came." As they were on their way home, the saint entered his own church, and the man, returning to his house, went to bed again. Ilota the man disclosed the vision which he had seen. In the morning the man awoke, and was much disturbed in mind, doubting whether or not he should disclose to others what he had seen in the vision, or, as he rather believed, in till those who are approaching shall pass, that they may not delay our journey by asking questions ;" for the road shone from his presence; and this came to pass. When they had got about half way on their journey, at a place where two trees hat! been thrown down, tho martyr said, "T o this place I brought my master, the blessed Amphihalus, when, for the last time during his life on earth, we conversed together, weeping, as we were then on the point of separating from one another." And if the shining light which proceeded from the martyr had not dazzled the sight of Robert, anil Robert himself had not been restrained by fear and by his simplicity, the saint would have informed him of many other things pal and future.


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