The History of the Borough, Castle, and Barony of Alnwick, Volume 1

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Page 103 - and they put them in prison for their gold and silver, and tortured them with pains unspeakable, for never were any martyrs tormented as these were. They hung some by the feet, and smoked them with foul smoke; some by their thumbs or by
Page 103 - feet, and smoked them with foul smoke; some by their thumbs or by their head; and they hung burning things on their feet. They put a knotted string about their heads, and twisted it, till it went into the brain. They put them into dungeons, wherein were adders and snakes and toads, and thus
Page 103 - against him; and they filled the land full of castles. They greatly oppressed the wretched people by making them work at these castles, and when the castles were finished, they filled them with devils and evil men. There
Page 44 - this survey to be made, that there was not a single hide nor a rood of land nor—it is shameful to relate that which he thought no shame to do—was there an ox, or a cow, or a pig passed by, and
Page 435 - then there is a bell rung, called the pancake bell, the sound whereof makes thousands of people distracted, and forgetful, either of manners or humanity; then there is a thing called wheaten flour, which the cooks do mingle with water,
Page 103 - limbs. There were hateful and grim things called Sachenteges in many of the castles, and which two or three men had enough to do to carry. The Sachentege was made thus :—it was fastened to a beam having a sharp
Page 44 - what cattle there were in the several counties, and how much revenue he ought to receive yearly from each. He also caused them to write down how much land belonged to his archbishops, to his bishops, his abbots, and his earls.
Page 104 - rich; some fled the country —never was there more misery, and never acted heathens worse than these. At length they spared neither church nor churchyard, but they took all that was valuable therein, and
Page 43 - concerning the land, how it was held and what were its tenantry. He then sent his men over all England into every shire, and caused them to ascertain how many hundred hides
Page 435 - spice, and other tragical magical enchantments, and then they put it by little and little into a frying-pan of boiling suet, where it makes a confused dismal hissing, until at last by the skill of the cook, it

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