Capitulum vicesimum primum.
LEO the secunde was emperour iij. yere. In the tyme of whom Clodoneus kynge of Fraunce dedde, Pipinus erecte into the kynge Childebertus his broþer. Men of Northumbrelond did sle Ostrida the wife of Etheldredus kynge of the Marches, doȝhter to kynge Oswy. Willelmus de Pontificibus, libro iiijto. Seynte Guthlacus the confessor, havynge xxiiijti yere in age,*. [Of Seynte Guthlake, confessor.] forsakede the pompe of the worlde, and wente to Repyndon, where he was schaven, and receyvyde the habite of a clerke of Alfrida thabbesse of that place. And in the thrydde yere Page 169, vol.6 folowynge he wente to the yle of Crowlonde, where he lyvede lyke an ankre, schewenge mony miracles, havynge also grete power on wycked spirites, in so moche that he causede theym to edify mony thynges, after the seyenge of commune peple, and also that he includede a wicked spirite in a potte boylynge. At the body of whom a monastery is edifiede, not destroyede for alle the trowble and incurses off peple hade in that londe; where Neotus the confessor, and somme tyme the disciple of blissede Erkenwalde, bischop of London, dothe reste also, and that place wontethe not gestes in eny tyme, þauȝhe men or peple may not comme to hyt but by a bootte. Beda. A thynge to be imprintede in remembrance happyd in thys tyme in Briteyne, of the state of the sawle, to excite peple to vertu. A man callede Brithwolde, dedde by a cer|teyne tyme and restorede to lyfe, tolde mony thynges to be mervaylede. Whiche takynge his goodes divided þeim into Page 171, vol.6 thre partes, oon parte to his wife, an other parte to his childer, and reservede to hym the thrydde parte, whiche he distribute to povere men, and endede his lyfe in the monastery Mailro|cense. Tiberius the thridde was emperoure vij. yere, whiche rysenge ageyne Leo, entrede his realme, and kepede hym in prison alle þe tyme of his reigne. Iustinianus the secunde, put to Cersona into exile, made boste openly that he scholde recure thempire; wherefore the peple of that cuntre favor|ynge Tiberius, intended to have sleyne hym. But Iustinianus fleynge to the prince of Turkes, mariede his sustyr, whiche [folio 280a] havynge helpe of the prince of Turkes and of the Bulgares, recurede thempire, and did sle bothe Leo and Tiberius. And he did sle somme of his adversaries allemoste so ofte as he wipede eny corrupcion from his noose. The vthe universalle seeine or cownesayle was kepede this tyme, under Sergius, at Aquileia. Leo the thridde succedid Sergius the pope ij. yere, whiche is not putte in the nowmbre of oþer bischoppes off Page 173, vol.6 Rome, in that he was made pope by a patricion of Rome. Beda, libro vto, capitulo quintodecimo. A bischop of Fraunce, Arnulphus by name, come abowte this tyme to Briteyne, whiche hade bene at Ierusalem and in the londe of promission, and at Damascus, at Constantinopole, at Alexandria, and in mony oþer provinces. Whiche returnynge into his cuntre, was ryvede and londed in the weste partes of Briteyne by tem|pestes of the see, where he tauȝhte Adamnanus the servaunte of Criste, and abbot of the yle off Hii, off the mervayles of holy places. This abbot instructe by the bischop, redacte thynges herde of hym into a booke, whom he sende to Alfridus for a pleasure to rede in hit. ℞. Hit semethe that Bede toke from that booke that he did write afterwarde of holy places. Iohn the vjthe, after Leo, was pope iij. yere. In whiche tyme Etheldredus kynge of the Marches, despisenge the worlde, toke the habite of religion at Bradeney, whom Kenredus, son of Wulferus his broþer, did succede v. yere. Iohn the vijthe was Page 175, vol.6 pope as iij. yere. In whiche tyme Hedda bischop of Wyne|chestre diede. After þe dethe of whom that province was divided into too seetes. For Brithelinus archebischop of Cawnterbery made Daniel bischop at Wynchestre, and Seynte Aldelme abbotte of Mateby, nowe callede Malmesbury, at Shirburne. Willelmus de Pontificibus, libro iiijo. Sexwul|phus bischoppe of the Marches diede in that yere. After whom Hedda was bischop at Lichefelde, Wilfride at Leges|cestre or Westechestre; but Alfride dedde after ij. yere y-paste, Wilfride wente to his seete of Hangustald, beynge bischop þer by iiij. yere. And Hedda occupiede then the seetes of Lichefelde and of Westechestre.