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SA XONS. 4.1.E
Dward the Confessor, the thumbrians, he selected the best, 1042.
Queen Emma, was born and written in Latin. His Reign
at ilip, and after his Fa was more spent in Peace, and Edline, ther's Death, was for his Works of Piety, than in Wars and A. B. of Safety sent unto the Duke Blood : Only some flight Troubles Cant. of Normandy, his Mo- happened from the Danes, Irish, and
ther's Brother; but upon Welch, and also from Earl Goodwin the Death of Hardicanate, the Eng- and his Sons, who being very powlib Nobility, disdaining all Danish erful and proud, caused some MoleSubjection, invited Edward to re- ftations in the State. But the Sins turn into England, and to execute of the People, which were then the kingly Office. He was crown- great, procured other Judgments ined at Winchester by Edfine, Archbi- stead of War: For in the Month of shop of Canterbury, A.D. 1042. January, there fell a great Snow,
He remitted that heavy Tribute which covered the Ground to the of Forty thousand Pounds yearly, Midst of March, whereby Cattle gathered by the Name of Dane-gilt, and Fowls in abundance perished. which had been paid for Forty And in the next Year following, Years Continuance out of the Lands a strange and terrible Earthquake of all, the Clergy excepted; be happened, and withal such Lightcause ( say our ancient Laws) the nings, as burnt up the Corn growKing reposed more Confidence in ing in the Fields, whereby an exthe Prayers of the Holy Church, cellive Dearth ensued. than in the Power of Armies. Then The King, by the Instigation of from the divers Laws of the Mer- the Archbishop of Can:erbury, and cians, Wef-Saxons, Danes, and Nor. Goodwin, Earl of Kent, dealt rigo
1066. rousy with his own Mother, de he was well, adding, that if Huge
priving her of all her Jewels, and line should come and take him there, Robert, other Subftance, and committing he should not only lose all he had A. B. of her to safe Custody in the Abby of gotten, but also stretch an Halter, Cant. Worwell
. And moreover, put her And when Hugoline came, and milto undergo that over-hard Law, Or- fing the Money, was greatly troudalium, which was to pass over bled, the King wished him not to nine Plowshare Irons, red glowing be grieved; For (faith he) the Man hot, barefoot and blindfold. By that hath it hath more Need of it thati which Trial she is said to have ac we have. When this devout King, quitted herself; insomuch that she lying on his Death-Bed, perceived having passed them over before she those about him to weep and la. knew it, cried, and faid, O good ment, he said unto them, If ye loved Lord, when hall I come to the Place me, ye would not weep, but rejoyce, of my Purgation? The King, her because I go to my Father, with whom Šon, hereupon received her into Fa-, I shall receive the Joy's promised to vour again; and the, in Memory of the Faithful, not through my Merits, her Deliverance from this fiery Tri- but by the free Mercy of my Savial, gave nine Manors (according to our, who sheweth Mercy on whom the Number of Plowshares) to the be pleaseth. He died A. D. 1066, Minster of Winchester (wherein the and with great Laments was buhad that Trial) and adorned the ried at Wejiminfter. He is said to fame with many rick Ornaments. be the first King that cured that DifAnd the King repenting of the Wrong ease, commonly called the King's he had done her, bestowed on the Evil. This King, of a little Mofame Place the Isle of Portland. The naftery dedicated to St. Peter at Causes objected against Queen Em. Westminster, made a most beautiful ma, and for which she suffered the and large Church, and founded St. Loss of her Goods, were her Mar- Margaret's Church standing by ; riage with Canute, the capital Ene- and this he did for the Discharge of my of England, and her neglecting his vowed Pilgrimage to Jeruja. to succour Edward and his Brother lem. He founded also the College in their Exile. The Matter object- of St. Mary Otery in Devon, and reed against her, for which she un- moved the Bishop's See from Cri. derwent the Ordalium, was Incon- dington to Exeter. tinency of Body with Alwin, Bi. He married Edith, the Daughter Thop of Winchepler.
of Earl Goodwin ; which Earl took Of this King it is storied, that as Bread and eat it, in Witness that he lay in his Bed, in an Afcernoon, he was not guilty of the Death of with the Curtains drawn about him, Prince Alfred; but as soon as he a certain pilfering Courtier came had received the Bread, he was into his Chamber, where finding choaked at the Table before the the King's Casket open (which Hu. King at Windsor. goline, his Chamberlain, had forgot to shut) he took out as much Coin A. D.
Goodwin, notwithstandwent away; he did the like a second ing that Edgar Etheling, the Grand. Time; came again the third Time; son of Ironside, was the next rightwhen the King spake to him, and ful Heir, yet gained the Engliste bad him speedily be packing whilft Crown to himlelf ; which he fet
upon his own Head, without all other Persons of Note, and gained
Preparation for gaining of England was, for the obtaining of his Kirg.
with his Normans arrived on the Donation from Edward; giving English Shore, Harfager, King of withal a severe Charge to his SolDenmark, invaded the Land (with diers not to wrong any of their Perwhom Tofto, the cruel Earl of Nor- sons, who in a short Time after thumberland, Harold's Brother, join. were to become his Subjects. To ed) against whom Harold marched, Harold he sent his Messenger, deand at a Bridge called Stamford, manding the Kingdom, and Harold's ( where he was to pass over ) one Subjection. But Harold returned Dane made good, for a Time, the him this Answer by the same Mes. Bridge againit his whole Holt, and senger, That unless he forthrith dewith his Ax slew forty of his Men, parted the Land, he would make him hinself at last being sain with a sensible of the Strokes of his jus Dif Dart.
When the English had gain- pleasure. And with a brave and ed the Bridge, and were reduced undaunted Mind, che valiant Hainto their Ranks, Haroldt moft rold advanced his Forces into Suljex, boldly set upon the Dares in their pitching his Camp within Sevea Camp, vanguished them, and ficw Miles of his Eneiny. When the Harfuger and Tojia, wih many Armies were come near together,
1066. and ready to engage, the Norman through the Left Eye, fell down
Duke to save the Effusion of Chri- Dead. With Harold died his Breftian Blood, as he said, fent a Monk thren Gyrth and Leofwine, with most as a Mediator for Peace, with Of. of the English Nobility. And of fers to Harold of these Conditions ; the Soldiers were slain Sixty Seven either wholly to resign the King. Thousand, Nine Hundred Seventy dom to him, or in Sight of the and Four ; some say an Hundred Armies to try the Quarrel with Thousand. The Conqueror had
him in single Combat, or to stand Three Horses sain under him, yet Stigand,
to the Arbitrament of the Pope. To loft not a Drop of Blood by the A. B. of whom Harold answered, That it Enemy. He won his Battle with Cant.
hould the next Day be tried with the Loss only of 6013 Men. It was