A guide to the town, abbey and antiquities of Bury St. Edmunds: with brief notices of the villages & country seats within a circuit of eight miles

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by W.T. Jackson for the author, 1836 - Bury St. Edmunds (England)
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Page 87 - My sledge and hammer lie reclined, My bellows, too, have lost their wind ; My fire's extinct, my forge decayed, And in the dust my vice is laid. My coal is spent, my iron's gone, My nails are drove, my work is done ; My fire-dried corpse lies here at rest, And, smoke-like, soars up to be bless'd.
Page 25 - Runimede, the honour of that celebrated charter, by which the rights and liberties of Englishmen are secured. It is not generally known, perhaps, that the foundation of Magna Charta, is a charter of Henry I., which had fallen into oblivion as early as the time of king John. A copy of it having fallen into the hands of Stephen Langton, archbishop of Canterbury, was by him communicated to the principal nobles of the kingdom, a meeting of whom was convened at Bury to deliberate on the subject. Upon...
Page 34 - If they floated they were guilty of the crime of witchcraft, but their sinking was a proof of their innocence. This method he pursued, till some gentlemen, indignant at his barbarity, tied his own thumbs and toes, as he had been accustomed to tie those of other persons, and when put into the water, he himself swam, as many had done before him. By this expedient the country was soon cleared of him.
Page 49 - Herling, thirty-two priests, thirteen .women, and 138 other persons of the town, were outlawed ; and that some of these, to revenge the abbot's breach of promise, surprised him at the manor of Chevington. Having bound and shaved him, they conveyed him to London, and thence over the sea into Brabant, where they kept him a prisoner. He was at length rescued by his friends, who had discovered the place of his confinement.
Page 18 - ... demonstration of this remarkable fact : his request was complied with, and ' he saw the body of the saint uncorrupted ; but being immediately seized by a demon, he miserably expired.' This story, no doubt, repressed that curiosity which might otherwise have explored too minutely the clerical arcana. An ecclesiastic, however, was permitted, without incurring this awful fate, to have the satisfaction of seeing for himself, and for others also ; the veracity of Bishop Theodored is adduced as a most...
Page 13 - The sons of Ragnar inflicted a cruel and inhuman retaliation on Ella, for their father's sufferings. They divided his back, spread his ribs into the figure of an eagle, and agonised his lacerated flesh by the addition of the saline stimulant.11 After this battle, decisive of the fate of Northumbria, it appeared no more as an Anglo-Saxon kingdom.
Page 38 - Ask what you will,' said the King, ' and I will give it to you, that they may be better provided for, and better enabled to perform the service of God. ' The Abbot, having consulted with his monks, asked of the King the manor of Mildenhall, with its appurtenances ; and the jurisdiction of the eight Hundreds and a half with all the royalties, afterwards called the Franchise.
Page 48 - ... seal, a deed, constituting the burgesses a guild or corporation. They also forced them to sign an obligation for the payment of ten thousand pounds to certain of the townsmen, to discharge them from all debts due to the monastery, and to engage not to proceed against them at law for any damage done to the monastery. The king being informed of these transactions, a military force was sent to suppress the disturbance. The alderman and twenty-four of the burgesses...
Page 48 - Hardicanute, one of Edward the Confessor, two of Henry I. three of Henry III. twelve papal bulls, with several deeds, written obligations- and acknowledgments for money due to the convent. Great part of the monastery was reduced to ashes, and many of the manors and granges belonging to it in Bury and its vicinity, shared the same fate. The abbot being at this time in London, the rioters seized and confined Peter Clopton, the prior, and about twenty of the monks, whom they afterwards compelled, in...
Page 36 - ... some of them of brass ; so many towers ; and a church, than which none can be more magnificent, and subservient to which are three others also splendidly adorned with admirable workmanship, and standing in one and the same churchyard.

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