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Unformatted text preview: istory of England, vol. 1 [w]W. Malmes. lib. 2. cap. 6. Anglia Sacra, vol. I. p. 212. [x]The office of chancellor among the Anglo-Saxons resembled more that of a secretary of state, than that of our present chancellor. See Spelman in voce Cancellarius. [y]W. Malmes. lib. 2. cap. 6. Higden, p. 263. [z]Brompton, p. 859. Ingulf, p. 29. [a]Chron. Sax. p. 114. [b]W. Malmes. lib. 2. cap. 7. Brompton, p. 857. [c]Osberne in Anglia Sacra, tom. 2. p. 92. [d]Osberne, p. 91. [e]See Wharton’s notes to Anglia Sacra, tom. 2. p. 91. Gervase, p. 1645. Chron. Wint. MS. apud Spell. Conc. p. 434. [f]Osberne, p. 95. Matth. West. p. 187. [g]Osberne, p. 96. [h]Osberne, p. 97. [i]Osberne, p. 102. Wallingford, p. 541. [k]Spell. Conc. vol. I. p. 452. [l]Chron. Sax. p. 115. [m]H. Hunting. lib. 5. p. 356. [n]W. Malmes. lib. 2. cap. 7. [o]Ibid. [p]Wallingford, p. 542. [q]W. Malmes. lib. 2. cap. 7. Osberne, p. 83, 105. M. West. p. 195, 196. [r]Wallingford, p. 542. Alur. Beverl. p. 112. [s]Osberne, p. 84. Gervase, p. 1644. [t]Hoveden, p. 425. PLL v5 (generated January 22, 2010) 340 http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/695 Online Library of Liberty: The History of England, vol. 1 [u]Osberne, p. 84. Gervase, p. 1645, 1646. [w]Chron. Sax. p. 117. Flor. Wigorn. p. 605. Wallingford, p. 544. [x]Hoveden, p. 425. Osberne, p. 109. [y]Brompton, p. 863. [NOTE [B]]There is a seeming contradiction in ancient historians with regard to some circumstances in the story of Edwy and Elgiva. It is agreed, that this prince had a violent passion for his second or third cousin, Elgiva, whom he married, though within the degrees prohibited by the canons. It is also agreed, that he was dragged from a lady on the day of his coronation, and that the lady was afterwards treated with the singular barbarity above mentioned. The only difference is, that Osborne and some others call her his strumpet, not his wife, as she is said to be by Malmesbury. But this difference is easily reconciled: For if Edwy married her contrary to the canons, the monks would be sure to deny her to be his wife, and would insist that she could be nothing but his strumpet: So that, on the whole, we may esteem this representation of the matter as certain; at least, as by far the most probable. If Edwy had only kept a mistress, it is well known, that there are methods of accommodation with the church, which would have prevented the clergy from proceeding to such extremities against him: But his marriage, contrary to the canons, was an insult on their authority, and called for their highest resentment. [z]Higden, p. 265. [NOTE [C]]Many of the English historians make Edgar’s ships amount to an extravagant number, to 3000, or 3600: See Hoveden, p. 426. Flor. Wigorn. p. 607. Abbas Rieval p. 360. Brompton, p. 869, says that Edgar had 4000 vessels. How can these accounts be reconciled to probability, and to the state of the navy in the time of Alfred? W. Thorne makes the whole number amount only to 300, which is more probable. The fleet of...
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