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Page 176 - In a word, to this Odin his deluded worshippers impiously ascribed all the attributes which belong only to the true God: to him they built magnificent temples, offered many sacrifices, and consecrated the fourth day of the week, which is still called by his name in England, and in all the other countries where he was formerly worshipped.
Page 387 - ThekingV there were eleven others, of confiderable value, in the courts of thefe ancient princes; the mod remarkable of which was that of the king's feetbearer. This was a young 'gentleman, whofe duty it was to fit on the floor, with his back towards the fire, and hold the king's feet in his bofom all the time he fat at table, to keep them warm and comfortable '" : a piece of ftate and luxury unknown in modern times!
Page 390 - ... into many kingdoms, or the reuniting of " their kingdoms into a monarchy, wrought " little or no change among them, touching " laws. For though we talk of the Weft-Saxon " law, the Mercian law, and the Dane law, " whereby the weft parts of England, the middle *
Page 367 - ... hide of land, and continued to be levied long after the original occasion of imposing it had ceased. Whilst the invasions of the Danes were almost annual, our kings derived little profit from this tax, which was all expended in bribing or fighting these invaders ; but after the accession of the Danish princes to the throne of England, it became one of the chief branches of the royal revenue. This tax was raised so high, and collected with so much severity by King Canute in 1018, that it amounted...
Page 340 - ... as the parishes of the southern counties of England. The hundred-man above mentioned was the captain of his hundred in the time of war, as well as their civil magistrate in time of peace ; and for the performance of his duties, he received one-third of all the fines imposed in his court. The court commonly met once every month, and all the members, in imitation of their German ancestors, came to it in arms ; a custom from which it obtained the name of the wapentac or wapentake.
Page 251 - Jerufalem, recorded Acts xv. 29. into his ecclefiaftical laws ; and greatly magnifies that excellent precept of Chrift, to do unto others as we would have others to do unto us.
Page 192 - Lord, of thy mercy, let thy wrath and anger be turned away from this city, and from thy Holy Place, for we have sinned. Hallelujah.
Page 280 - Chivalry began to dawn in the end of the tenth, and beginning of the eleventh century. It blazed forth with high vigour during the Crusades, which indeed may be considered as exploits of national knight-errantry, or general wars, undertaken on the very same principles which actuated the conduct of individual knights adventurers.
Page 348 - One great or general fhiregemot was held in every county in the fpring, and another in autumn, at a ftated time and place, where the bifhop of the diocefe, the alderman of the .fhire, the fhiregerieve, lawmen, magiftrates, thanes, abbots, with all the clergy and landholders of the county, were obliged to be prefenc. The meeting was opened with a difcourfe by the bifhop, explaining, out of" the fcriptures and ecclefiaftical canons, their feveral duties, as good Chriftians and members of the church.
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