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Compare 1577 edition: 1 In the beginning of the spring, king William re|turned to London, Anno Reg. 4. 1070. and now after all these troubles, began to conceiue greater hatred against the En|glishmen than euer before; Polydor. so as doubting that hee should neuer by gentlenesse win their good willes, he now determined by a harder measure to meete with them; insomuch that he banished a great num|ber, other some also (not a few) he spoiled of their goods, those especiallie of whom he was in hope to gaine any great portion of substance.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Thus were the Englishmen generallie in danger to lose life, lands and goods, without knowledge, or orderlie proceeding in iudgement, so that no greater miserie in the earth could be imagined, than that whereinto our nation was now fallen. He tooke from the townes and cities,Priuileges and fréedoms reuoked. from the bishops sées and abbeies all their ancient priuileges and freedoms, to the end they should not onelie be cut short and made weaker, but also that they (for the obteinment of their quietnesse) might redeeme the same of him for such summes of monie as pleased him to exact. Among other things, he ordeined that in time of warre they should aide him with armor, Matth. Paris horsse and monie, according to that order which he should then prescribe: all which he caused to be registred, inrol|led, and laid vp in his treasurie. But diuerse of the spirituall persons would not obey this ordinance, whom he banished without remorse.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Stigand. Alexander bishop of Lin|colne.About this time the archbishop Stigand, and A|lexander bishop of Lincolne fled to Scotland, where they kept themselues close for a season. But the king still continued in his hard procéeding against the Englishmen, insomuch that now protesting how he came to the gouernance of the realme only by plaine conquest, Polydor. The hard de|ling of K. Wil|liam against the English|men. he seized into his hands most part of eue|rie mans possessions, causing them to redeeme the same at his hands againe, and yet reteined a proper|tie in the most part of them; so that those that should afterwards enioy them, should acknowledge them|selues to hold them of him, in yéelding a yéerlie rent to him and his successors for euer, with certeine o|ther prouisions, whereby in cases of forfeiture the same lands should returne to him, and his said suc|cessors againe. The like order he appointed to be v|sed by other possessors of lands, in letting them forth to their tenants. He ordeined also, that the Termes should be kept foure times in the yéere,The instituti|on of the foure Termes. in such pla|ces as he should nominate, and that the iudges shuld sit in their seuerall places to iudge and decide causes and matters in controuersie betwixt partie and par|tie, in manner as is vsed vnto this day. He decréed moreouer, that there should be shiriffes in euerie shire, and iustices of the peace to keepe the countries in quiet, and to sée offendors punished. Further|more, he instituted the court of the Excheker, and the officers belonging to the same,

The Exche|ker.

The Chan|cerie.

as the barons, the clearks, and such other, and also the high court of Chancerie.

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