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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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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GOO ROGER. OK WENDOVER. [A.D. 1034· stami on the testimony of two or three witnesses. When the year of which wc have spoken above had progressed as far as July, still pressing heavily on the poor, who daily suffered from want, they rushed into the harvest-fields in crowds, and plucked the ears of corn although not yet ripe, and, bruising them up with their trembling hands,endeavoured to sustain the spark of unhappy life, which scarcely palpitated in their bosoms; and this fact can scarcely be reprehensible in poor people since we read in the Acts of the Apostles that Christ's disciples did the sanie. The labourers of sonic of the villages, however, who from their avarice always have suspicions of poverty, were much annoyed, on passing through their fields, at discovering this pious theft, and the inhabitants of a town called Alboldesly, in the county of Cambridge, proceeded on the following Sunday, which was the Kith of July, to their church, and tumultously demanded of the priest at once to pronounce sentence of excommunication on all those who had picked the ears of corn in their fields. Whilst all the husbandmen were urging this point, one of the townsmen, a religious and pious man, on seeing that the priest was ready to pronounce the sentence, rose and adjured him in the name of Almighty God and all the saints, to exclude him and all his crops from the sentence : he also added that he was well satisfied with the poor people's having taken what they did from his crops in their state of want, and what remained he commended to the Lord's care. Whilst all the rest were persisting in their foolish purpose, and the priest under compulsion had commenced pronouncing the sentence, there suddenly arose a great storm of thunder, lightning, and whirlwinds, attended by inundations of rain and hail ; and the corn in the fields was lifted up by a blast from hell ; the cattle and birds, with everything growing in the fields, were destroyed as if trodden down by carts and horses. Aloft in the air the angels of Satan were seen flying about, who were believed to be the agents of this tempest. But, as the divine goodness is always constant to just and good men, when, after the storm which had caused such loss to his neighbours, that honest and just man visited his fields, he discovered his farms and lands, although in the midst of other person's property, to be without any trace of injury from it ; and from this it appears clear as light, that, as glory is given to Cod on high by his angels, so there is peace and good-will on earth towards men. This etorm commenced on the of Bedford, and, passing towards the cast through the isle of Kly and Norfolk, reached the sea coast. In this year indeed several storms of a like nature raged in various places which were as dreadful as they were injurious to many ; and it seems likewise a remarkable circumstance that the crops which remained standing after the storm was over were discovered to be so putrid that neither horse or ass, bull or pig, goose or hen, would cat of them, although given to them for consumption.

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