THE floure and worschippe of men of Ynglonde, Edgarus, to be hade in remembraunce as worthy to men of þat londe as kynge Alexander of men of Grece, Cirus of men*. [Sic. in MS.] Persida, Romulus to men of Rome, and kynge Charls of men of Fraunce, diede in the xxxvijti yere of his age and the xvj. yere of his reigne, the idus of Iulius, and was beriede at Glaston. Willel|mus ubi supra. The body of this kynge Edgare was founde Page 21, vol.7 clene and incorrupte of Ailwardus thabbot after the xlvijti yere of his beryenge. This abbot makynge a place overstreyte for the body of the seide kynge, presumede to kytte that hooly body that hit myȝhte be receyvyde more lyȝhtely into the place ordeynede for hit, and hit bledde þer with plentuousely as and if a man in life hade be woundede. Thabbot fallen to mad|denesse diede anoon. The glorious body of that noble kynge was taken with grete honour and drede, and sette in a regalle place, diverse signes of miracles folowynge. Where afterwarde in the yere of grace a mllijti, when Ailwardus thabbot diggede his grave irreverentely, his body was founde incorrupte, and so corpulente that hit myȝhte not entre into a newe schryne made for hit, and fresche bloode was seene to distille from his body. And þerfore that body was put in a schryne that he brouȝhte to þat churche with the hedde of seynte Appollinaris and oþer relikes of seynte Vincente, whom the kynge byenge for a grete summe of money ȝafe theyme to that monastery. The abbot made madde and goynge furthe of the churche brake his nekke and diede. ℞. The storyes of Britons reherse in the lyfe of [folio 310a] seynte Elcutus that the belle of seynte Elcutus was taken awey and hongede aboute the necke of an horse when kynge Edga|rus Page 23, vol.7 wastede the londe of Glammorgan for theire contumacy. Wherefore kynge Edgarus takynge reste after his meite, a man apperede to hym smytynge his breste with a spere, and after that the kynge awakede he commaundid that thynges taken aweye scholde be restorede, but the kynge diede in the ixthe daye folowynge. Into the lawde of whom Henricus, libro quinto, rehersethe in thys wyse.
Willelmus de Regibus, libro secundo. But þere be mony men attemptynge to putte poyson to the grete glory of kynge Ed|garus, sayenge that he was cruelle in his begynnynge, and usynge grete lecchery, as by exemple: Ethelwoldus the erle was somme tyme secrete with hym, whom he commaundid in Page 25, vol.7 a tyme to go to Elfrida doȝhter of Ergarus erle of Devonschire, a woman of grete beawte, that sche scholde mary with hym if beawte and her condicions were congruente. But the erle goynge to that woman made labour for his awne person, and returnede ageyne to þe kynge seide that sche was but as of a meane beawte, and not apte to the mariage of a kynge, and so the erle maryede that woman of beawte, Elfrida by name. The kynge perceyvynge his decepcion and untrawthe, thenkynge to rewarde hym in lykewise, schewynge a pleasaunte conte|naunce to the erle, signede a day in whom he wolde see his wife, as in disporte. But the erle goynge afore to his wife, preide her as sche luffed his lyfe that sche scholde schewe as grete deformite in vesture as sche myȝhte with honoure in the pre|sence Page 27, vol.7 of the kynge. But hit avaylede not, for his wife, takynge a glasse, sparede not eny thynge to schewe the excellence of here beawte. The kynge beholdynge here beawte hade a brennynge luffe to here, wherefore he callenge the erle into Harewoode as to hunte did sle hym. And Nothus son of that erle commynge, and seenge his fader dedde, was inquirede of the kynge how that huntynge pleasede hym; whiche answerede and seide, "Welle, my lorde kynge, ffor þat thynge þat is to youre pleasure is to myne also." Whiche answere movede the kynge so moche, that þer was noo person in his realme that the kynge luffede moore aftirwarde. The seide lady for [folio 310b] the expiacioun of that offense made a monastery of myncheons at Werwelle. ℞. But hit was edifiede raþer for the dethe of kynge Edwarde here stappeson, whom sche causede to be sleyne for that entente, that Egelredus here son myȝhte reigne Page 29, vol.7 and be kynge. Willelmus ubi supra. Men schewe also an other exemple of lecchery to that dede of crudelite, that kynge Edgarus toke a myncheon from here monastery and defilede here. Also this kynge taryenge in a nyȝhte at Andover not ferre from Wynchestre, commaundede the doȝhter of a duke to be brouȝhte to his bedde. But the moder of that maide havynge indignacion þerof, sende an oþer servaunte arrayede nobly, beawtuous of person, and welle nurturede, to the kynge in stede of here doȝhter. The sonne begynnynge to schyne that woman besyenge her to aryse, was inquirede of the kynge why sche made soe grete haste, seide to goe to here daily laboure, askynge liberte of the kynge for here rewarde in that sche was knowen by the kynge. The kynge perceyvynge hym to be mockede, made that woman in servitute lady of lordes. But howsoever these thynges be rehersede of kynge Edgarus, Page 31, vol.7 hit is schewede that he expulsede his synnes by meke and hollesom penaunce. Benedictus the vijthe succedid Bonefacius the pope viij. yere and vj. monethes. Otho the secunde, and son of Otho the firste, reignede in Alemayne x. yere and vij. monethes, crownede in the vijte yere of his reigne at Rome of pope Bene|dicte. Men of Ytaly arysynge and brekynge the pease, this emperoure made a grete feste to the gentil men of Ytaly at the cite of Rome, causynge theyme beynge at meyte to be compassede abowte with a grete multitude of peple armede. At the laste the emperoure movynge the compleynte of brekynge of peace, commaundede the names of men causenge hit to be wryten in a bylle, which heded þer, the emperoure causede the residu to eite in pease. In whiche yere a grete hungre occupiede the londe of Yngelonde.