Memorials of King Alfred: Being Essays on the History and Antiquities of England During the Ninth Century, the Age of King Alfred

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Page 87 - the best of his ability; he attended the mass and other daily services of religion ; he was frequent in psalm-singing and prayer, at the hours both of the day and the night. He also went to the churches, in the night-time to pray, secretly, and unknown to his courtiers; he bestowed alms
Page 48 - earl Sidroc the elder and earl Sidroc the younger, earl Obsbern, earl Fra?na, and earl Hareld; and all the pagan army pursued its flight, not only until night but until the next day, even until they reached the stronghold from which they had sallied. The Christians followed, slaying all they could reach, until it became dark.
Page 66 - And many of the people they drove beyond sea, and of the remainder the greater part they subdued and forced to obey them, except king Alfred. And he, with a small band, with difficulty retreated to the woods and to the fastnesses of the moors. situated
Page 86 - father; nor, among their other studies which appertain to this life and are fit for noble youths, are they suffered to pass their time idly and unprofitably without learning the liberal arts; for they have carefully learned the Psalms and Saxon books, especially the Saxon poems, and are continually in the habit of making use of both
Page 112 - 887 relied at the meetings of his earls and officers, so that hardly one of them admitted the justice of what had been decided by the earls and prefects, and in consequence of this pertinacious and obstinate dissension, all desired to have the judgment of the king, and both sides sought at
Page 112 - progress in to resign their functions ; but if any one of them from old liberal studies, he commanded his son, if he had one, or one of his kinsmen, or, if there was no other person to be had, his own freedman or servant, whom he had some time
Page 100 - cells of his mind. Now when that first quotation was copied, he was eager at once to read, and to interpret in Saxon, and then to teach others ; even as we read of that happy robber, who recognized his Lord, aye, the Lord of all men, as he was hanging on the blessed cross, and saluting him
Page 47 - though possessing a subordinate authority, could no longer support the troops of the enemy, unless he retreated or charged upon them without waiting for his brother. At length he bravely led his troops against the hostile army, as they had before arranged, but without awaiting his brother's arrival;
Page 73 - and the loosening of his chrysm was made on the 8th day at a royal vill promised. named Weadmor. After his baptism he remained twelve nights with the king, who, with all his nobles, gave him many fine houses. 879. The aforesaid army of pagans leaving Chippenham, as they had promised, went to
Page 112 - they knew no better, he discreetly and moderately reproved their inexperience and folly in such terms as these : " I wonder mine, you have occupied the rank and office of the wise, truly at your rashness that, whereas by God's favour and you have neglected the studies and labours of the wise. to study the lessons of wisdom. Such

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