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Compare 1577 edition: 1 In this yeare about the fiftéenth daie of October, the sea so decreased and shranke from the old accusto|med water-markes and coasts of the land here in this realme, The sea de|creaseth. Woonders. Wil. Thorne. that a man might haue passed on foot o|uer the sands and washes, for the space of a whole daie togither, so that it was taken for a great woon|der. It was also noted, that the maine riuers (which by the tides of the sea vsed to ebbe and flow twice in 24. houres) became so shallow, that in many places men might go ouer them without danger, and nam|lie the riuer of Thames was so lowe for the space of a day and a night, Simon Dun. Ran. Higd. Matth. Westm. that horsses, men, and children pas|sed ouer it betwixt London bridge and the tower, and also vnder the bridge, the water not reaching a|boue their knées. Moreouer, in the moneth of De|cember, the aire appeared red, as though it had bur|ned. In like maner, the Winter was verie extreame cold with frosts,1115 Anno Reg. 16. by reason whereof at the thawing and breaking of the yce, the most part of all the brid|ges in England were broken and borne downe.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 Not long after this, Griffin ap Rees tooke a great preie and bootie out of the countries subiect to the king within the limits of Wales,1116 Anno. Reg. 17. and burned the kings castels, bicause he would not restore such lands and possessions vnto him as apperteined to his father Rées or Rice.Griffin ap Rice dooth much hurt on the marshes Polydor. Howbeit, the king (notwithstanding this businesse) being not otherwise troubled with any other warres or weightie affaires, deferred his voi|age into those quarters, and first called a councell of his lords both spirituall and temporall at Salisbu|rie on the nintéenth daie of March, wherein manie things were ordeined for the wealth and quiet state of the land. And first he sware the Nobilitie of the realme, that they should be true to him and his sonne William after his deceasse. Secondlie, he appeased sundrie matters then in controuersie betwixt the Nobles and great Péers, causing the same to be brought to an end, and the parties made freends: the diuision betwixt the archbishops of Yorke and Can|turburie (which had long depended in triall, and could not as yet haue end) excepted. For ambitious Thur|stane would not stand to any decrée or order therin. except he might haue had his whole will, so that the king taking displeasure with him for his obstinate demeanor, commanded him either to be conforma|ble to the decrée made in Lanfranks time, or else to renounce his miter,Thurstane refuseth to o|bey the kings pleasure. Eadmerus. which to doo (rather than to ac|knowledge any subiection to the archbishop of Can|turburie) he séemed to be verie willing at the first, but afterwards repented him of his speech passed in that behalfe. Now when the councell was ended, and the king went ouer into Normandie, he followed, trusting by some meanes to persuade the king, that he might haue his furtherance to be consecrated, without recognizing any obedience to the sée of Can|turburie: but the king would not heare him, where|by the matter rested long in sute, as heereafter shall appeare.

¶ Hereby it is plaine (as Polydor saith) how the bishops in those daies were blinded with coue|tousnesse and ambition, not considering that it was their duties to despise such worldlie pompe, as the people regard, and that their calling required a stu|dious endeuour for the health of such soules as fell to their charge. Neither yet remembred they the sim|plicitie of Christ, and his contempt of worldlie digni|tie, when he refused to satisfie the humor of the peo|ple, who verie desirouslie would haue made him a king, but withdrew himselfe, and departed to a mountaine himselfe alone. They were rather infec|ted with the ambition of the apostles, contending one with another for the primasie, forgetting the vo|cation where to Christ had separated them, not to rule as kings ouer the gentiles; but to submit their necks to the yokes of obedience, as they had Christ their maister an example and president.

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