Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden maonachi Cestrensis; together with the English translations of John Trevisa and of an unknown writer of the fifteenth century.
Higden, Ranulf, d. 1364., Trevisa, John, tr. d. 1402., Caxton, William, ca. 1422-1491., Malverne, John, d 1415?, Babington, Churchill, ed. 1821-1889,, Lumby, J. Rawson ed. (Joseph Rawson), 1831-1895.

Capitulum septimum.

EDMUND, the broþer of kynge Ethelstan, havynge xxti yere in age, reignede allemoste vij. yere; whiche gate of Elgiva his Page  443, vol.6 qwene ij. sonnes, Edwyne and Edgare a pesable man. Willel|mus de Regibus, libro secundo. Men of Northehumberlonde rebellede, and callede Anelaf from Yrlonde, of whom kyng Edmund hade victory, and putte to exile Reynalde the son of Gurmund, and toke Northumbrelonde to his lordeschippe, and wastede Cumbrelonde, rebellynge also; whom he toke to Mal|colmus kynge of Scottelande, that he scholde be tru to hym. ℞. In that travayle hit semethe that kynge Edmunde toke the boones of Colfridus thabbotte, and of Hilda the abbesse, and brouȝhte theym to Glassynbery. Alfridus and Marianus reherse that this kynge, wyllynge to delyver his sewer from his enemyes, was sleyne in the vijthe yere of his reigne by the same men at Pulkirche. But William, libro ijo de Regibus, seythe that this kynge kepynge a feste at Pulkirchirche, in the feste of seynte Austyn, and seynge a thefe, Leof by name, sytte þer amonge hys gestes, whom he hade made blynde afore for his Page  445, vol.6 trespasses, arysede from the table, and takenge that man by the heire of the hedde, caste hym unto the grownde. Whiche kynge was sleyn with a litelle knyfe that þe man hade in his honde; and also he hurte mony men soore with the same knyfe; never|thelesse he was kytte at the laste into smalle partes by men longynge to the kynge. Agapitus the secunde succedid pope Martyn viij. yere and vj. monethes. Lodowicus son of Charls, kynge of Fraunce, causede William longe swerde, son of Rollo, secunde duke of Normandy, to be sleyne by treason. The gentille men of Normandy, movede gretely ther at, toke the kynge of Fraunce in Roone, and kepede hym until that he hade [folio 305b] promysed and made an othe to Richarde, sonne of the seide William, to reioyce Normandy, and that he scholde were a swerde in the presence and speche to the kynge, and that the*. [Sic in MS.] scholde have neither swerde ne knyfe. Richarde, son to the seide William, was his successor, callede olde and withowte Page  447, vol.6 drede, in that he was never afrayde, whiche was governoure in Normandy lijti yere, commynge to his duchery by grete diffi|cultes. Whiche gate of Guimora his wife, borne in the cuntre of Denmarke, v. sonnes and iij. doȝhters; the firste off whom, Emma by name, and gemme of Normandy, he maryede unto Etheldredus kynge of Ynglonde. This duke was wonte to pray*. [Of grete devocioun of þe duke of Nor|mandy.] in every churche by whom he come, and specially withowte the churche if the durres were not open; where hit happede hym to entre into a churche allon in a nyȝhte, and founde þer a corse in a bere, and noo man presente, putte his gloves on a lectryne whiles he prayede; and anoon the dedde man with grete noyce wente to the churche durre and extendynge his hondes stode at the durre to resiste the duke. The duke seenge hym made a crosse in his forehedde, and adiurede hym to reste and sease; the spirit obeyenge not his adiuracion, he drawede owte his swerde, and smytenge hym kytte hym into ij. partes. After that the Page  449, vol.6 duke remembrenge his gloves lefte in the churche, returnede to the churche, and toke his gloves with hym; and after that tyme he causede corses to be wacchede thro alle his cuntre. Also hit happede a monke of Seynte Audoen in Roone to goe in a nyȝhte towarde the hows of his specialle, and goynge unto that place felle of a brigge into the water, and was drownede. A grete contencion hade betwene an angelle and the develle for that sawle, they condescende to the iuggemente of the seide duke, and compromitte to abide his decrete and sentence. Then the seide duke ȝafe this iuggemente, that the sawle*. [The discrete jugge|mente of þat duke.] scholde be restorede to the body, and sette in that place where hit felle into the water and then if þe body wente to synne hit scholde be dampnede, or elles hit scholde be salvede. That doen the monke fledde to the churche; the clothes of whom the seide duke founde moyste and weite in the morowe, and schewede this to the abbotte of that place. The seide duke and Guimora Page  451, vol.6 contynuynge a lyfe unchaste, he maryede that woman at the laste at the clamor of the peple. And in the nexte nyȝhte folowynge that sacramente hade betwene theyme, the seide Guimora turnede her hinder partes towarde the face of her lorde, where sche did not soe afore. Neverthelesse, the duke [folio 306a] desirenge to knowe the cause þerof, sche seide that sche myȝhte do that tyme firste at here pleasure. Also this duke laborynge in infirmite causede a beryalle to be made for hym; whom he commaunded to be fyllede in every Friday with whete, and to be ȝiffen to poore peple, contynuynge the tyme of his lyfe. Henricus. Edmunde kynge of Ynglonde toke v. noble cites from the Danes, whom they inhabite by a long season, Lincolne, Snotyngham, Derbey, Stafford, and Westechestre; and causede Christen peple to inhabite theyme, takynge Anlaf from the fonte, ȝeldynge hym to that sacramente raþer for armes Page  453, vol.6 and drede then for eny sawle healethe. This kynge was governede after the cownesaile of seynte Dunstan, and made noble the monastery of Glassynbery with goodes and persons.