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Compare 1577 edition: 1 After this battell, king William being thus ac|corded with his sonne, Anno Reg. 14. 1080 returned with him into England, and immediatlie sent him against Mal|colme king of Scotland, who hauing broken the truce in time of the trouble betwixt king William and his sonne, Simon Dunel. had doone much hurt by forraies vp|on the English borders, wasting all Northumber|land euen to the riuer of Tine. Howbeit, when he heard that Robert approched with his armie towards him, he retired into Scotland. Robert Curthuze then lodged with his armie vpon the banks of the riuer of Tine,The founda|tion of New castell vpon Tine, which before that season was called Mon|caster. where he began the foundation of a castell, whereof the towne of Newcastell did after take both beginning and name, for before this season it was called Moncaster.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 About the same time, Odo the bishop of Bayeux was sent to Northumberland, to reuenge the death of Walkher bishop of Durham, whom not long be|fore the people of Northumberland had slaine in a tumult. The occasion of his death grew by the death of one Liulfus, a noble man of those quarters, and déerelie beloued of the people, Simon Dun. bicause he was des|cended of honorable parentage, and had married the ladie Algitha daughter vnto earle Alered, and sister to Alfleda the mother of earle Walteof.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 This Liulfus, a man of great possessions through England, now that the Normans ruled in all pla|ces, quietlie withdrew himselfe vnto Durham, and grew into such familiaritie and credit with the bi|shop, that touching the order of temporall matters, he would doo nothing without his aduice. Whereat Leofwin the bishops chapline conceiued such enuie (for that he was not so often called to counsell as be|fore) that in the end he procured by his malicious meanes one Gilbert (to whom the bishop had com|mitted the rule of the earledome) to murther the said Liulfus by night in his manor place not farre from Durham. Whereof the bishop hauing vnderstan|ding, and knowing that the matter would be grée|uouslie taken of the people, sent out letters and mes|sengers into the countrie, offering to purge him|selfe of the slaughter of this man, according to the order of the canon lawes: howbeit he did nothing lesse. Among other things concerning his purgati|on, he said that he had banished Gilbert and others, (who had committed the murther) out of Northum|berland. Hervpon the malice of the people was kind|led against him. For when it was knowne that he had receiued the murtherers into his house, and fa|uoured them as before, they stomached the matter highlie: insomuch that when by the trauell of those that went to and fro betwixt the bishop and the kins|folks of Liulfus, a daie was appointed, on the which the bishop should come to farther communication with them at Gateshead, he repaired thither accor|ding to his promise, but refusing to talke with them abroad, he kept himselfe still within the church, and sent foorth such of his counsell as should commune with them. But when the people that were there ga|thered in great numbers, had signified in plaine words that he should either come foorth and shew him|selfe amongst them, or else that they should fire the place where he sat: he caused Gilbert to go foorth vnto them first, whom they slue, and his partakers also that issued out of the church with him for his de|fense. But when the peoples furie was not so quen|ched, the bishop himselfe casting the skirts of his gowne ouer his face, came likewise foorth, and was immediatlie slaine of the people. After this, they set the church on fire, bicause Leofwine the bishops chapline and others were yet within, and refused to EEBO page image 13 come foorth: howbeit in the end, being compelled by the rage of the fire to come out, the said Leofwine was also slaine and hackt in péeces (as he had well deserued) being the ringleader of all the mischéefe.

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