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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 Anno Reg. 17. 1083The king hauing at length obteined some rest from wars, practised by sundrie meanes to inrich his cofers, and therefore raised a tribute through out the whole kingdome, for the better leuieng whereof, he appointed all the subiects of his realme to be num|bred, all the cities, townes, villages, and hamlets to be registred, all the abbies, monasteries and prio|ries to be recorded. Moreouer, he caused a certificat to be taken of euerie mans substance, and what he might dispend by the yeare; he also caused their names to be written which held knights fees, & were bound therby to serue him in the wars. Likewise he tooke a note of euerie yoke of oxen,Plow land. & what number of plow lands, and how manie bondmen were with|in the realme. This certificat being made & brought vnto him, gaue him full vnderstanding what wealth remained among the English people. Herevpon he raised his tribute, taking six shillings for euerie hide of land through out this realme, which amounted to a great masse of monie when it was all brought togi|ther into his Excheker. ¶ Here note by the waie, Geruasius Tilberiensis. The true de|finition of a hide of land. that an hide of land conteineth an hundred acres, and an acre conteineth fortie perches in length, and foure in bredth, the length of a perch is sixtéene foot and an halfe: so that the common acre should make 240. perches; & eight hides or 800. acres is a knights fée, after the best approued writers and plaine demon|stration. Those therefore are deceiued, that take an hide of land to conteine twentie acres (as William Lambert hath well noted in his De priscis Anglorum legibus) where he expoundeth the meaning of the old Saxon termes perteining to the lawes.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 But to procéed & come, a little after the temporals dealing, to some of the spirituall affaires. It hapned about the same time, that when king William had finished the rating of his subiects, that there rose a strife betwixt Thurstane abbat of Glastenburie a Norman, and the moonkes of that house. Anno Reg. 18. 1084 One cause thereof was, Wil. Malm. Simon Dun. Thurstan ab|bat of Gla|stenburie. William of Fescampe. for that the abbat would haue compel|led them to haue left the plaine song or note for the seruice which pope Gregorie had set foorth, and to haue vsed an other kind of tune deuised by one Wil|liam of Fescampe: beside this, the said abbat spent and wasted the goods that belonged to the house, in riot, leacherie, and by such other insolent meanes (withdrawing also from the moonkes their old accu|stomed allowance of diet) for the which they first fell at altercation in words, and afterwards to fighting. The abbat got armed men about him, Hen. Hunt. Wil. Malm. haue two slaine & xiiij. hurt. and falling vpon the moonkes, slue thrée of them at the high altar, and wounded xviij. Howbeit the moonkes for their parts plaied the pretie men with formes and candelsticks, defending themselues as well as they might, Matt. Westm. so that they hurt diuers of the abbats adhe|rents, and droue them out of the quier.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 In the end, complaint hereof was brought to the king, by whose iudgement the matter was so orde|red, that Thurstane lost his roome, and returned vnto Caen in Normandie from whence he came, and the moonkes were spred abroad into diuerse hou|ses of religion through the realme, Glastenburie be|ing replenished with more quiet persons, and such as were supposed readier to praie than to quarell, as the other did: yet is it said, that in the time of Wil|liam Rufus this Thurstane obteined the rule of that abbeie againe for fiue hundred pounds.

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