Capitulum vicesimum septimum. Willelmus de Regibus.
NICHOLAUS the secunde succedid Benedict the pope, eiecte or expulsede allemoste ij. yere. In the tyme of whom the churches of Fraunce were trowblede moche by Berengarius archidiacon Turonense, whiche seide the blissede sacramente in the awter not to be the very body of Criste, but a similitude of hit. Wherefore this pope callede a cownesayle of cxiij. Page 209, vol.7 bischoppes at Vercell in Ytaly, in whiche cownesaile Beren|garius did retracte his erroure, as hit is schewede in the decrees de consecrationibus, distinctione secunda, "Ego Berengarius." [folio 331a] But this heresy spryngynge after his dethe, Hiltebrandus the pope kepede a cownesayle ageyne his folowers, where Lanfran|cus prior of Beccun, and specially Wymundus bischop Aversan in Apulia, a man of noble eloquence, repugnede ageyne his erroures. But this Berengarius correcte his lyfe so in his olde age that mony men supposede hym to be a seynte, expownynge the apocalips after that, attendynge to mekenesse and almes, eschewynge the siȝhte of women, and was contente with poore clothynge and exhibicion, whom Hildebertus bischop Cenoman|nensis commendethe in his versus sayenge:
A man may perceyve here howe that laudable bischop makethe excesse in lawde of the seide Berengarius, but the use of poetes and of rethoricions is to wryte soe. But hit is to be adver|tisede that thauȝhe this Berengarius correcte his lyfe, he correcte not alle peple whom he hade infecte with his heresy in diverse cuntres, for thauȝhe his synne was doen awey the synne of other men schalle greve hym. Whiche thynge venerable Fulbert bischop Carnotense, laborynge in grete infirmite in his extreme daies, perceyved, whiche seenge Berengarius comme to visitte hym amonge oþer, seide: "Expelle hym, for y see a develle folowynge hym þat dothe corrupte the aiere." Also the seide Berengarius dienge in the day of the Epiphany, and havynge in remembraunce how mony wicked peple he hade causede thro his erroure in his yowthe, seide: "As y suppose, Criste schalle appere to me in þis day of his apparicion, other for my penaunce to glory, other to peyne for oþer men Page 213, vol.7 that y have averte from Criste." Marianus the Scotte was inclused abowte this tyme in the monastery Fuldense x. yere. Page 215, vol.7 Alexander the secunde succedid pope Nicholas xj. yere. This pope electe by the cardinalls, defended hym manfully ageyne Candulus, whom men of Ytaly hade electe into pope, seyenge þat noo man awe to be pope withowte that he were borne in Ytaly. Harold duke of Westesaxons wente to Wales by com|maundement of kynge Edward, and brente the palice and schippes at Ruthland of Griffyn kynge off Wales, but the seide kynge fledde. After that the seide Harold, goynge from Bris|towe to Wales, compassede that cuntre allemoste abowte, and Tostius his broþer, metynge with an oþer hoste, robbede soe the costes of Wales that plegges taken to theym, and the tribute paiede, men of Wales did owtelawe theire kynge, and after that sende his hedde unto Harolde. After that kynge [folio 332a] Edwarde grawntede the londe off Wales to tweyne breþer of the seide Griffyn, fidelite made to hym afore. Henricus, libro septimo. Harolde saylynge to Normandy in this yere to visitte Wilnotus his broþer, and Hacun the sonne of his broþer, beynge Page 217, vol.7 as plegges with William duke of Normandy, was brouȝhte by tempestes of the see into the province Pontike, whiche takyn by the governoure of þat province, was sende to William duke of Normandy. Where, as hit is seide, Harolde made promise to the seide duke of Normandy that he wolde marye his doȝhter and that he scholde kepe the realme of Ynglonde to hym after the dethe of kynge Edward, and so takynge the sonne of his broþer with hym returnede to Ynglonde. ℞. But Wilnotus his broþer, taryede in the kepynge of the seide duke, and after when he was kynge also. Henricus, ubi supra. Tostius beynge at Wyndeshore in the kynges courte, and displeasede, departede with indignacion unto Herford, where Harold his broþer hade ordeynede a regalle feste to the kynge, kyttynge the membres of the servauntes of his broþer, and castynge theyme into bryne, sendynge worde to the kynge that he scholde have salte meytes y nowe if ho wolde comme to his place. Men of Northumbre|londe herynge þat, expulsede Tostius from his cuntre, and did slee his ministres, brake his treasure howse, and caused hym to flee into Flandres. Willelmus de Regibus. But the kynge herynge that, sende Harolde into þat cuntre to venge the iniury Page 219, vol.7 of his broþer. That peple seide they were borne to have liberte, and not to suffre oppression of princes, but raþer to dye. That duke Harolde, thenkynge better to obtemperate and favoure the cuntre raþer then the private profite of his broþer, and takynge his hoste returnede to the kynge, and causede Malcherus to be made erle þer. The seide Tostius tariede in Flanderes with his wife and childer unto þe dethe of kynge Edwarde.