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Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 3 Ran. Higd. This yeare England and Normandie were sore vexed with mortalitie both of men and beasts, Anno Reg. 7. 1094 inso|much that tillage of the ground was laid aside in manie places, Ran. Higd. Wil. Malm. Simon Dun. Death & mur|ren of cattell. Strange woonders. Matth. Paris. Polydor. by reason wherof there folowed great dearth & famine. Manie grizelie and hideous sights were seene also in England, as hosts of men figh|ting in the aire, flashes of fier, stars falling from hea|uen, and such like strange wonders. About this time new occasions of breach of amitie grew betwixt the king and his brother Robert, who accused him of periurie, for not obseruing the articles of the last peace concluded betwixt them: wherefore he purpo|sed to saile ouer into Normandie, Simon Dun. and so came vnto Hastings, about the first of Februarie, where he so|iourned for a time, and caused the church of Battell abbeie to be dedicated in the honour of S. Martin. He depriued Herbert bishop of Thetford of his bi|shops staffe, bicause he meant to haue stolne awaie secretlie to Rome, and there to haue purchased abso|lution of pope Urban for his bishoprike, which he had bought of the king for himselfe; and likewise for the abbasie of Winchester, which he had purchased for his father, paieng for them both a thousand pounds.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 King William passeth ouer into Nor|mandie.After this, about midlent he passed ouer into Nor|mandie with an armie, purposing to trie the matter with his brother in plaine battell, that thereby he might rather grow to some certeine point of losse or lucre, than to stand euer vpon vncerteinties, whether to haue peace or war, that he must be constreined to be at all times in a readinesse to defend himselfe. But after he was come into Normandie,Wars betwixt the king and his brother. & had for|raied part of the countrie once or twice he fell to a parle with his brother duke Robert, & in the end con|descended to put the matter in compromise to the arbitrement of certeine graue persons, whose iudge|ment the king reiected, bicause they gaue not sen|tence on his side. Herevpon both parts prepared for war afresh, Matth. West. insomuch that the king perceiuing how his brother was aided by the French king, and that his power was too weake to withstand them both, he sent his commission into England for the leuieng of 20. thousand men, commanding that they should be sent ouer vnto him into Normandie by a daie, which was diligentlie performed. But as they were come togither about Hastings, readie to enter a shipboord, immediatlie commeth the kings lieutenant with a countermand, and signifieth to them, that the king minding to fauour and spare them for that iournie, would that euerie of them should giue him 10. shil|lings (as Matt. Paris hath, or 20. shillings as others haue) towards the charges of the war, and therevpon depart home with a sufficient safeconduct; which the most part were better content to doo, than to commit themselues to the fortune of the sea, and bloudie suc|cesse of the wars in Normandie. Polydor. In deed king Wil|liam changing his mind, was now determined to end the matter with monie, and not with the sword, as it afterward appeered: for by bribing of king Phi|lip,A peace con|cluded betwixt the king and his brother Robert. in whome duke Robert had reposed his whole trust, he concluded peace vpon such articles and con|ditions as he himselfe required.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Hauing dispatched his businesse in Normandie, he returned into England, where he happened to méet with new and more dangerous wars: for the Welshmen hearing of the variance betwixt the bre|thren, Hen. Hunt. Simon Dun. The Welsh|men inuade England. after their accustomed maner begin to inuade the English marshes, taking booties of cattell, de|stroieng the countries, killing and spoiling many of the kings subiects, both English and Normans. Af|ter this (waxing proud of their good successe) they besieged the castell of Mountgomerie,The castell of Mountgome|ri [...] won by the Welshmen. where though the garison made stout resistance for a time, yet in the end the enimie finding shift to ouerthrow the walles, entred perforce, and slue all that they found within. Wherewith though king William was of|fended when he heard of it, yet could he not remedie the matter as then, Anno Reg. 8. 1095 being troubled with a conspiracie newlie kindled against him by Robert earle of Nor|thumberland,Robert earle of Northum|berland refu|seth to come to the king. who vpon displeasure conceiued a|gainst him (bicause he was not rewarded nor than|ked at his hands for his good seruice shewed in the killing of Malcolme king of Scotland) refused to come vnto him being sent for by letters, and here|with began to practise with certeine other Noble men of that countrie, how to depose king William. But yer he could bring anie peece of his purpose to passe, the king hauing aduertisement of his at|tempts, Matth. Paris. first appointed his brother the lord Henrie to go thither with an armie, and foorthwith foloweth himselfe; and comming to Newcastell, where the most part of his complices were assembled, he sur|prised them yer they could haue time to prouide for their safetie. That doone, he went to Tinmouth, and in the castell tooke the earles brother there, and af|ter came to Banbourgh castell, which the said earle with his wife and children did hold for their better safegard and defense.

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