Conflicting Testimony Concerning Edwy

Book 2, Chapter 8, Edwy the Fair from 955 AD to 975 – Edwy the Fair

Florence of Worcester, who wrote in the twelfth century, inserts two of these stories in his chronicle, without intimating which was most worthy of credit, and from his silence it may be inferred, that in his opinion the truth even at that time was no longer attainable. Modern historians have had greater confidence in their own penetration. Protestant writers have, very generally, taken part with Edwy and Elgiva. Catholics have universally declared for Dunstan. Hume, indifferent to the religious scruples of both, was led by his humanity to espouse the cause of the unfortunate. Dr Lingard, in particular, has incurred the charge of extreme partisanship and of historical inaccuracy, even to the extent of suppressing inconvenient facts, through his statement of the events comprised within this short reign of four years.

Chapter 8, Edwy the Fair


Origin of Anglo Saxon Surnames

Conflicting Testimony Concerning Edwy

Incident on His Coronation Day

Treatment of Elgiva

Edgar the Pacific

Chapter 8, Origin of Monasteries in England

Introduction of Celibacy

Their Rules and Practice

The Benedictines

Chapter 8, Dunstan

Sketch of Dunstan

His Alleged Visions and Miracles

Becomes Abbot, Bishop and Archbishop

Chapter 8, Archbishop Dunstan and the Clergy

His Character and Policy

Aided by Bishops Oswald and Ethelwald

The Secular Clergy Supplanted by the Monks

King Edgar’s Private Life

The Worth of the Eulogies Pronounced on Him by the Monks

The Canons of Edgar

His Position Among the Anglo-Saxon Kings

Policy Towards the Danes of Northumbria


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