Capitulum decimum. Item Willelmus ubi supra.
ODO the archebischop of Cawnterbery diede abowte þis tyme. This Odo was a Dane by nativite and nacion, but cruellenes putte aweye, he was in servyce with kynge Edwarde the senior, and after that made preste, and soone after bischop of Worcestre. Which made kynge Ethelstan his specialle lorde and frende for the restorynge of his swerde that was loste, as hit is schewede afore in the tyme of kynge Ethelstan, in so moche that he was made archebischop of Cawnterbery. Whiche willenge to take that benefice in grete perfeccion, perceyvynge alle his predecessours to have been monkes, passede Page 5, vol.7 the see, and goynge to the monastery Floriacense, nye unto Aurelians, toke the habite of a monke, and returnynge from that coste, come and drawede to the kynge of Ynglonde. Whiche goynge at the laste with kynge Edredus into Northum|brelonde, brouȝhte the holy powdre of the body of seynte Wilfride the bischop unto Cawnterbury with hym: wherefore a grete stryfe is hade at this tyme betwene men of Cawnterbury and of Yorke, wheþer þose boones were the boones of seynte Wilfride beryede at the churche of Ripen, or the boones of yonger Wilfride, that was the preste and the successor of Iohn in the seete of Yorke. This Odo suspende kynge Edwyne for excesse in the synne of lecchery, wherefore Edwyne rewarded that to the monkes of Ynglonde; when hit was so that noo man in the realme durste resiste the kynge, but Odo and seynte Dun|stan. Also the chirche of this Odo beynge uncoverede, was coverede thro his preyer while the churche was in coverenge, [folio 308b] Page 7, vol.7 in so moche that oon drope of reyne felle not into the churche, a grete reyne contynuynge alle moste thro alle the worlde. In an other tyme this Odo doynge the ministery at the consecra|cion of seynte Dunstan, that tyme bischop of Worcestre, schewyde as grete solemnite to seynte Dunstan as and if he scholde have consecrate the bischop of Cawnterbery; whiche re|provede in manner þerfore seide, Y knowe what the holy*. [Sic in MS.]dothe in me. But this Odo archebischoppe of Cawnterbery dedde, Elsinus bischoppe of Wynchestre ȝiffenge grete ȝiftes to his advocates, and gettynge the favor of the kynge, was electe to the archebischop of Cawnterbery. Whiche goynge to the towmbe of blissede Odo after his eleccion, and tredynge on hit violentely with his feete, seide, "O thow wickede olde man, thow haste loste thy sawle; þow hase made over late a place to thy bettyr; that y have desyrede longe y have nowe Page 9, vol.7 ageyne thy wylle; y thonke not þe þerof." That day paste, Elsinus goynge to bedde, and at reste, see an ymage of blissede Odo to rebuke hym and manassenge hym to dye. But this Elsinus, supposynge that to be a fantasticalle illusion, and goynge to Rome to receyve his palle by Alpes, congelede for colde, havynge his feete fixede amonge the bowells of dedde horses, with whom he did treyde the tumbe of blissede Odo, diede þer miserably. Whom Brinthelinus bischop of Wyn|chestre did succede; whiche inapte to so grete a cure returnede ageyne to Wynchestre by commaundemente of the kynge, and seynte Dunstan was made archebischop of Cawnterbery. Whiche goynge to Rome receyvid his palle of pope Iohn; and returnede from Rome, obteyned of the kynge that Oswaldus, son of the broþer to Odo, scholde reioyce the seete of Wor|cestre. Willelmus de Pontificibus, libro primo. Seynte Dunstan, firste abbot of Glaston, after þat bischop of Worcestre Page 11, vol.7 and of London, and at laste the seete off Cawnterbery, movede kynge Edgare for the helethe of his sawle doynge correccion to the kynge for his excesses, to the ferefulle exemple of his subiectes, puttynge to þe kynge penaunce of vij. yere for the fleschely luste unlawefulle usede with that hooly woman Wilfritha: thro whiche exemple his men were as coacte to vertuous lyfe, and the peple of the realme. Then the ordre of the monkes wexede grene and florischede, in that hit hade religious governoures, noble men in connynge, whom slawthe caused not to be slawthefulle, and audacite neiþer causede theym to be over hasty. And so the corespondence of vertuous [folio 309a] lyfe betwene the kynge and the archebischoppe ȝafe an elec|cion to prestes and clerkes, other to sue vertu or to leve theire benefices and seetes, leste the membres scholde seme to discorde from the hedde. In whiche tyme was peas, reste, and tran|quillite, the elementes ioyenge þerof ȝafe dewe temperaunce to Page 13, vol.7 the erthe, plente of corne, pestilente aiers and corrupte expulsede. There was woman this tyme in Vasconia dividede from þe navelle, havynge ij. heddes and too brestes; and oon of theym eitenge or slepynge, that other did neither, or they lyvynge soe togedre a longe tyme, diede not togedre by the space of ij. dayes. Benedictus the vthe succedid pope Iohn iij. monethe. Nichophorus kynge of Grece, dredynge to be ex|pulsede from his realme by his sonnes in his olde age, causede theyme to be gelded, but the qwene his wife movede oon Iohn, a prince longynge to hym, to sle the kynge, that he myȝhte reigne, and so he did. Leo the viijthe succedid Bene|dicte þe pope oon yere and vj. monethes; whiche made a decrete for the malice of the Romanes imprisonynge his men, that the pope scholde not be made withowte consente of the emperoure. Whom Iohn þe xiiijthe succedid as viij. yere, whiche was taken at the laste of the governoure of the cite of Rome, and putte to exile; but he was restorede to þat office Page 15, vol.7 ageyne by the emperoure, and his adversaryes were sleyne. Benedicte the vjthe succedid pope Iohn oon yere and vj. monethes; whom Bonefacius the viijthe succedid iij. yere; whiche havynge noo powre to tary in the cite of Rome, robbede the churche of Seynte Petyr, and fledde to Constantinopole. Whiche returnynge to Rome with grete pryde, and prevaylynge not, pulled owte the eien of Iohn the cardinalle, and diede soone after. Willelmus de Pontificibus, libro iij o. Asketillus the archebischop of Yorke dedde, seynte Oswalde bischop of Worcestre was his successoure, havynge hit with the seete of Worcestre also. Whiche made a churche of oure blissede lady, nye to the cathedrall churche of Seynte Petyr, where he was conversante with the monkes, havynge grete favor with the peple þerby. But the clerkes of that oþer churche seenge theym as derision to the peple, hade lever have be made monkes then to have be lefte soo. This Oswalde stallede archebischop of Yorke, drawede to that cuntre mony noble clerkes, withowte Page 17, vol.7 whom the cuntre was as voide; oon of whom was Albo, a monke Floriacense, whiche did write amonge other specialle labours the lyfe of seynte Edmund, kynge and martir, at the instaunce of seynte Dunstan. This holy bischop Oswalde wasch|ynge the feete of poore men, dyede in that ministery in [folio 309b] seyenge, "Gloria Patri." Willemus de Regibus, libro secundo. This kynge Edgare consecrate of seynte Oswalde and Dunstan in the xijte yere of his reigne, at the cite of Bathe, compassenge the northe partes of Ynglonde, come to Westechestre, where viij. under kynges mette hym; whiche entrenge with theym into a schippe, governede the sterne of the schippe, the oþer kynges laborynge with oores, goynge soe by the water of Dee unto the churche of Seynte Iohn. Whiche goynge ageyne to his Page 19, vol.7 palice in lyke wise, seide to þe men presente, his successours myȝhte ioy when thei reioycede suche glory.